upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

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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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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