upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2017

What makes a Leeway Artist?

The following does not describe one kind of artist; rather, it paints a larger picture of the many aspects of different Leeway artists.

Visionary
An artist who helps us see art in its broadest manifestation.

Accomplished
An artist who owns their practice and knows what and how they want to engage; art that is expressed as clean, clear and confident.

Investigative
Wherever they are in their practice, there is passion and a sense of digging deeply into the work as an exploration.

Thoughtful or Insightful
The work comes out of some kind of analysis and provides some articulation (verbal or visual) of that analysis.

Purposeful
There is a clear intention and the artist has the ability to translate that intention through the work.

Provocative
The work can challenge audiences or create a sense of tension; the impact is rooted in challenging norms, perceptions, and the status quo (e.g., issues of race, class, gender).

Connected
They are part of a community or in the broader sense they are connected to something other (larger) than themselves.

Underserved, Under-acknowledged, and/or Under-engaged
These are the practitioners who have not traditionally received support (e.g., folks of color, immigrants, poor folks), or they have made/are making a significant contribution to a field that has not been fully recognized, or they do not fit the traditional definitions of artist and/or activist but are clearly using an “art form” and working in a creative way to have significant impact, or they are identified or perceived as “outsiders” (e.g., not engaged in the formal or mainstream societal structures).

Bridge Builders
Artists who may not be originally of the community they are working in but share a genuine connection to the culture and the work, and/or artists who serve as ambassadors in other communities as a way to build alliances within larger movements.

 

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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

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Nominations Open for 2017 Meigs Awards for Environmental Leadership

Nominations are now open for the Schuylkill Center’s 2017 Meigs Awards for Environmental Leadership. The Meigs Awards celebrate both emerging and longtime leadership, with a special award for rising youth environmental leaders given out in the springtime and an award honoring outstanding impact and leadership among professionals and community leaders given out in the fall. Nominations for the Meigs Award are open until May 1. Nominations for the Youth Meigs Award are due April 10. [learn more]