upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

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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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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