upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Lauren Vargas

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Lauren is a daughter of God who loves painting, mentoring young people, staying home with her one-year-old daughter, and Jesus.  She was high school math teacher for nearly a decade in the Philadelphia public and charter school systems, where she was involved with students’ lives beyond the classroom through tutoring and a number of extracurricular activities.  While she is not currently teaching full-time, she continues to mentor high school girls in the Olney and Hunting Park neighborhoods through Young Life and her church community.  Lauren studied fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for many years in community arts, leading classes for young people in oil painting, drawing, and silk screening.  Her own work focuses primarily on portraiture in oil paint.  She lives in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and no cats.


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

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
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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12/145:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leeway, CultureWorks, Bread and Roses and Philly PR Girl Present Holiday YAY

Kick off the holiday party season with Bread & Roses Community Fund, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, and Philly PR Girl. We're all neighbors in The Philadelphia Building and we want to celebrate you! 

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