upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

Cassendre Xavier

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Cassendre identifies as a multi-media artist and writer. Her work focuses on visibility and helping others finds ways to produce and promote their art. Her desire to share her art, including the six CDs and four chapbooks she’s created in past three years, is in part due to her identity as a first-generation American and as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans community, identities that are marginalized in this society. Her art is not just that of creating the art itself, but it is that of creating a community of artmakers, including those who do not identify as artists but create or want to create but have lacked venues for artmaking or simply thought it was impossible to do so. Cassendre believes “everyone has creative energy and should be encouraged to express that energy.” Because there is a lack of “for women” venues that are welcoming and inviting to members of the community to share art and witness the talent of women artists, she founded Philadelphia’s annual Black Women’s Art Festival. The Festival is a venue that showcases the talent of Philadelphia-based Black women visual, media, performance, literary, and spoken word artists. She also founded The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series at Robin’s Bookstore. She creates art to educate, comfort, inspire and build community.

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Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
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05/0412:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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05/056:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DE-CODED: Art + Tech for Social Change

Leeway Foundation hosts the May Live Culture event at PhillyCAM! Live Culture is an open house and live TV production that happens on the first Friday of every month, curated by different arts and culture organizations. Since it’s Philly Tech Week, we’re focusing on local artists who utilize new media and technology to build alternate landscapes at the intersections of art and social change. Featuring presentations and conversations with poet and digital artist Andrea Walls (ACG ’14) and independent filmmaker M. Asli Dukan (ACG ’16, ’14, LTA ’16), we'll explore and answer questions like, How has technology enabled you to express an idea that couldn't have been conveyed otherwise? What conversations aren't happening in the space of creative technology?

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