upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Keiko Miyamori

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(1) by Keiko Miyamori

Keiko is a Japanese-American artist who creates visual art installations and gives project-based workshops. Her work encompasses natural materials such as charcoal, mineral pigments, and washi paper, which is handmade from tree fiber. One of her techniques is to create charcoal rubbings of tree bark on washi paper and use them to wrap man-made objects. Keiko aims to engage an audience among communities with limited access to education and travel. She has worked with non-traditional audiences including chronically ill children in hospitals and residents of cities and villages in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Her aim is to encourage people to erase the boundaries of gender, age, race, religion, and country, and restore connections to nature and to each other. Keiko's social change goal is to make her audience feel and respect the connection between individuals and "elsewhere." In IMAGINA, Keiko rescued a tree root from a construction site in North Philadelphia. A number of neighborhood residents and construction workers helped her with the project, and later came to the gallery opening, which was their first visit to an art gallery. For Images of Nature, she hung rubbings outside a gallery in Harlem, attracting neighborhood children to visit the exhibition and inspiring them to make their own art using her materials. In KOKO-TO-SOKO, she used Internet broadcast to create a live jam session between Philadelphia and Ryugasaki, Japan, with the objective of creating connection between two distant places and inspiring people to make a subtle change in their perspective.

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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. 2018 applications will be available in January, 2018. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
10/2811:00 am - 5:00 pm

awQward Talent Camp Philly: A Weekend Workshop by Trans & Queer Artists of Color

This 12-hour workshop over the course of two days will make space for artists of all disciplines to strengthen their work through writing. Artists J Mase III (ACG '07), Brooklyn Dreamwolf (YaliniDream & Jendog Lonewolf), Dane Figueroa Edidi, and Regie Cabico will facilitate workshops on performance, hip hop lyricism, writing and more. 

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12/031:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Conversation and Workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

On Sunday, December 3, join Institute of Contemporary Art for a conversation and workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed—an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition Speech/Acts—co-presented with the Leeway Foundation.

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