upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2017

Cassendre Xavier

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Cassendre Xavier
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2005 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

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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Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 08/01
Upcoming events
07/1211:00 am - 1:00 pm

Grant Information Session in Center City

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 past recipients as they share their experience of applying and Leeway staff members as they share best practices on how to prepare your application for the 2017 grants.

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07/192:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Applicant Support Session in Germantown

Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application. Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment and will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

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