upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

Donna Oblongata

Donna oblongata by abby

Donna Oblongata is primarily a theatre artist and writer. In 2006, she co-founded the punk rock theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, with whom she made and toured critically acclaimed plays around the country for seven years. She’s been a member of the Baltimore-based collective Wham City, directing a touring stage adaptation of the movie Jurassic Park that Rolling Stone cited as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country.” Donna’s interactive-play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one was included in Wham City’s Box Set #1, which was released at the Whitney Museum of American Art that same year. 

She holds an MFA from Towson University, where, for her thesis project, she brought free puppetry workshops to Palestinian youth and refugees in Jordan and the West Bank. In 2014, she was commissioned to be an Artist in Residence for the People's Climate March in New York City- the largest march against climate change in history. Her projects have been finalists for the Creative Capital Grant and the MAP Fund Grant. In 2015, she performed in PearlDamour's site-specific production Lost in the Meadow at Longwood Gardens. More recently, she taught the Kinetic Sculpture Class for Neighborhood Bike Works and co-designed and built 150 cardboard sunflowers for a protest of the PES oil refinery expansion in Southwest Philadelphia.

She's currently developing a new musical about the Earth First! movement.


Leeway grant?

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
Upcoming events
05/0412:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Live Streamed Information Session

Now you can learn more about Leeway, our grants, and the application process without having to go anywhere! Join us online at leeway.org/info on Thursday, May 4 from 12:00 - 1:00PM.

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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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