upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

Maori Karmael Holmes

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Maori is a filmmaker, curator, and cultural producer. Her documentary and music videos have screened internationally and been broadcast throughout the US. Her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop is currently distributed by Third World Newsreel. She has received awards from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Independence Media, Women’s Way, Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights, and was named a Creative Ambassador by Visit Philadelphia. Maori is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival (2012-present) and has curated programs in film and performance at ICA, Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Painted Bride Art Center, International House, and Swarthmore College. Other projects include KinoWatt (2011-2012, co-curated with Sara Zia Ebrahimi) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2006-2010). Maori received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, her BA in History from American University, and studied Design & Production at the graduate level at California Institute of the Arts. She is currently serving as Director of Public Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania. Previous professional positions include Leeway Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, Department of Media Studies & Production at Temple University, Netter Center at University of Pennsylvania, Sony Music, and Washington City Paper.

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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
Upcoming events
03/306:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Special Screening of “And Still I Rise”

Join us at Community College of Philadelphia's Bonnell Auditorium for a screening of And Still I Rise, the first film to be made about literary and performing artist Dr. Maya Angelou. Stay after the film to be in conversation with Philadelphia artists Ursula Rucker, Andrea Walls, and moderator Pia Deas around the impact of Dr. Angelou’s life and what it means to create a spiritual and moral grounding that honors the blending of artist-activist roles. 

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04/137:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grant Information Session in Doylestown

Are you thinking about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Leeway Transformation Award but not sure of how to go about it? Join Tatiana Bacchus (ACG '14, '09) and Leeway staff members as they share best practices on how to prepare your application for the 2017 grants.

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