The Rubys Artist Project Grant program supports the gems of the local creative community.
Tavia La Follette, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communications’ Department of Theatre Arts, is the recipient of The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) 2017 Rubys Artist
Project Grants in media arts and performing arts.
La Follette received the award in media arts and performing arts to support Ancient Instincts, a performance that will use soundscape to evoke instinctual responses to an individualized
experience that investigates ecology, perception and the psychology of sound.
“The Rubys make it possible for artists in the Baltimore region to launch projects,
take risks, and bring work to fruition,” says Jeannie Howe, executive director of
the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. “GBCA is grateful to its talented and thoughtful
jurors and to the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for their vision and support of this
The 2017 Rubys jury panels for media arts and performing arts were comprised of professionals
from performing arts organizations, universities, museums and dance.
The Rubys Artist Project Grant program was established in 2013 to support the region’s gems – the local creative community
of performing, visual, media and literary artists. Created with the vision and initial
funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Rubys provide meaningful project
support directly to artists. The Rubys were inspired in part by Ruby Lerner, the visionary
founder of Creative Capital in New York City.
The Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding
from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural
Alliance. The Rubys is also supported with a grant from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation.
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