upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Mary DeWitt

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Dewitt bytayarishapoe40 web Mary dewitt by denise allen6 web ready Mary dewitt by andrea brown 2
(1) by Tayarisha Poe (2) by Denise Allen (3) by Andrea Brown

2010 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Mary is a painter who focuses on women who are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania prisons. Her intention is to bring visibility to these women, reinstate their humanity, and expose the legal injustices they have suffered as well as the harsh sentence of life without parole. She has known the individuals with whom she works since the late 1980’s and is wholeheartedly committed to fighting the censorship imposed on them and share their stories. Mary believes that women serving life sentences are among the most invisible, abused, and misunderstood people in our society. Her practice consists of taking digital photographs during the development of her painted portraits, putting the photos together in motion picture format, and accompanying them with the voices of her subjects. Text narrative is often included in these video, giving the viewer deeper insight into each woman’s crime and incarceration experience. The result is a dynamic and engaging portrait video that accomplishes more than the static, finished paintings alone can do. She hopes to expand her practice to document the work that these women have done with Canine Partners for Life, a program whereby incarcerated individuals train puppies to be service animals for people with disabilities. Mary’s goal is to inspire the viewer to reconsider the way that our culture demonizes prisoners across the board and to illuminate the lives of real women who have been affected by the state’s unique sentencing rules.


Leeway grant?

Art and Change Grant

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

deadline 03/01
Upcoming events
01/296:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Understanding Taxes for Artists Hosted by Vision Driven Artists

Whether you’re receiving grants, financially profiting from your art, self-employed or have an LLC, you must file taxes. But, what are the best filing options for your situation? CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, and Vision Driven Artists have teamed up to help demystify tax season!

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02/077:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Grant Info Session at Fleisher Art Memorial

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 us for one of these information sessions to learn how to prepare your application for the 2018 grants. 

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