Since 1997 Dactyl Foundation has provided an alternative to the traditional setting for learning and creativity. We bring artists and writers together with scientists, historians, philosophers, art-lovers, and critics. What we do is more important now than ever.
Dactyl Foundation has moved from our space at 64 Grand Street, and we are focusing more on online literary projects and science-art research projects. This is a big change for us, and a positive one. Over the years it became clear to us that the art projects we supported were overwhelmingly more economically viable than our literary or research projects. Nevertheless, most of our funds were being used to maintain our SoHo gallery. Although it was a difficult decision, we gave up our space so that we can give more support to the projects that need more support.
In June 2011, we hosted the Biosemiotic Gathering at Rockefeller University. Biosemiotics is an interdiscipline that seeks naturalistic understandings of mentalistic phenomena, grounded in biology, and, in turn, seeks understandings of biological processes in terms of a general semiotics. Over sixty participants met to discuss this new and exciting field. Copies of talks and presentations are available by clicking here.
We launched a literary award program and review website, Dactyl Review, to help build a stronger literary fiction community. This award program is like no other in existence and is the very thing that literary fiction writers need now that the traditional publishing, review and award system has, for the most part, begun to fail them. “Literary” fiction tends to offer new or fresh perspectives; whereas, “general” fiction tends to confirm popular views and tends to “show” rather than “tell,” which does not help as much in developing a sense of perspective. Storytelling is an ancient and essential part of the development of human culture, and we can’t afford to see this art form lost. $5,000 will fully fund this important project for one year. Please give what you can.
You can also support Dactyl Review and the literary community when you buy ANY PRODUCT on Amazon.com. Every time you enter Amazon.com through this link, 6% of your purchase price will go to support Dactyl Review. Bookmark the link to the 2010 Dactyl Foundation Literary Award winner Shadowplay by Norman Lock, and tell all your friends to support literary fiction by entering Amazon.com through this link.
Our popular CompostModern Forum, temporarily suspended in 2011, has found a new home. We will be broadcasting discussions live over the Internet beginning summer 2012. Check back at dactyl.org for details.
Begin your participation now by becoming a member or renewing your membership. We’ve got a lot of interesting and important work ahead of us. We can’t do it without you. Thanks in advance for your support. Dactyl Foundation is a 501 c3 organization, and your donation is fully tax-deductible.
Your friends in art and thought,
Neil Grayson, Director, Visual Arts
Victoria N. Alexander, PhD, Director, Programs for Thought
Kevin O’Sullivan, Director, Poetry Series
Maria Villafranca, Director, Open Mic Series
Ben Jorgensen, Manager
A Special thanks to those individuals & Organizations
who support Dactyl’s Programs