The Moon and Stars Project (MASP) Grants are dedicated to highlighting Turkey's arts and culture scene and establishing a two-way cultural interaction with the United States. Following a competitive selection, MASP grants are awarded once each year to a number of grant seekers. We are thrilled to announce the grant recipients for 2019!
"Kim Mihri" by Berna Gencalp
Visual of the news item about Roosevelt portrait is provided from Özlem Gülin Dağoğlu Archive.
"Silk Road Songbook" by Arzu Ozkal & Millie Chen
With the support of the MASP Grant, Arzu Özkal will fund the main production trip of theSilk Road Songbook (SRS), a socially engaged, participatory project intended to facilitate the creation of grassroots songs that speak specifically to local concerns, giving voice to participating individuals who are part of the communities that still live along the route. To acknowledge the perspectives that Özkal and Chen bring to the Silk Road Songbook project, it’s important to point out that while they are both based in and committed to their adopted homes in the West, they also remain connected to their respective ancestral lands and cultures, places that are key locations on the project route.
"Ahstray" by Damla Su Ozer & Marinca Nederovique
Su Özer is a singer, songwriter and producer. She is the 2014 recipient of the Arif Mardin Fellowship at Berklee College of Music. Özer won the chance to perform in Poland due to the Nardis Young Jazz Vocalist competition. However, that same year she received the Arif Mardin Scholarship, and she ended up choosing to go to Berklee for a 5-week Summer Program on full merit scholarship.
The MASP Grant will cover the pre-production costs of the project Ahstray, created by Su Özer and Marinca Nederovique, intended to express the duality of a generation of people who left where they were born and integrated themselves into another culture. Özer and Nederovique believe that inner-workings of immigration of the millennial generation has not been tapped into enough as a creative resource. In this regard, Ahstray is set out to achieve a cohesive narrative that looks deeper into the duality of cultures within an individual.
The production will meet the audience in New York through two individual performances of the same piece in January 2020. Ahstray is oriented around two artists. The 40-minute special is a one-scene affair revolving around the lives of these artists who are international women living in the United States. The themes the production pulls from include love, loss, dynamics between men and women, the inner-workings of a female friendship, immigration, and assimilation.