M12 Incorporated (aka M12 Collective)
The NEA grant will support Action on the Plains: Contemporary Art in Rural Environments, an artist-in-residence program in rural Washington County, Colorado. The program will provide each artist with housing and studio space, technical assistance, a stipend, and transportation. Artists chosen for 2014 and 2015 are folklorist and community activist Jennifer Joy Jameson from the Nashville Free + Folk Skool, Colorado-based filmmaker Kimberly Shively, and photographer Steve Fitch from New Mexico. Primary partners are M12, an interdisciplinary arts group based in Colorado that creates context-based art works, research projects, and education programs, and the Office of the Washington County Colorado Commissioners. Now in its fourth year, the program fosters rural community interactions, supports arts and cultural engagement with agricultural workers, and increases rural/urban partnerships. This program works in Washington County, Colorado, in and around the town of Last Chance, which has 16 residents.