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Eleanor Savage

Eleanor Savage is a civic-minded, anti-racist artist and organizer who has instigated many community-focused, artist-centered events in Minneapolis. Savage is the Program Director at the Jerome Foundation, an independent foundation that supports emerging artists in the creation and development of new work. She focuses much of her work in arts philanthropy on racial equity. She was formerly the Associate Director of Events and Media Production at Walker Art Center. Savage is on the leadership team for the Arts + Culture + Social Justice Network. She has curated many exhibitions bringing together communities through the arts, including: Vulva Riot, a monthly performance cabaret for queer women artists and activists; Dyke Night, an annual performance event produced at the Walker; Naked Stages, a yearlong mentorship program for emerging performance artists; and Forbidden Fruit Radio, a weekly queer artist/activist interview-format radio show at KFAI community radio station. Savage has collaborated and produced work by many Minneapolis and New York performers and choreographers, including Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl, Barrie Jean Borich, Morgan Thorson, Hijack, Shawn McConneloug, Pauline Oliveros, and Holly Hughes.