upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Michelle Angela Ortiz

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(1) by Neal Santos (2) by Neal Santos (4) by Michelle Angela Ortiz

2008 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Michelle is a visual artist who combines elements of painting, printmaking and drawing in her work. She has painted murals all over Philadelphia and in South America and Fiji. Raised in South Philadelphia, Michelle, who attended the Moore College of Art, is a first-generation, bi-cultural child of a Colombian woman and a Puerto Rican man, who did not graduate from high school. As a child Michelle often felt like an outsider. She believes that "outsider status" has informed her work and helped her to understand the experiences of children and people in the U.S. and in South America. This has shaped her experience and practice as an artist, change maker and teacher. Michelle sees social change as part of her creative process as well as the final product. An example would be her work Where Girls Grow Strong. At 45' x 60' it is Michelle's tallest mural and one of the first murals in Center City created by a Latina muralist. This project is particularly transformative due to Michelle's use of all-female assistants, including 450 girl scouts, to paint the mural.

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Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia 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
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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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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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