PHILADELPHIA—The Leeway Foundation announces $47,500 in grants to 19 women and transgender artists living in the six-county Philadelphia area (including Camden) to further their work integrating a variety of arts disciplines and social change.
The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and transgender (which includes those who identify as transsexual and genderqueer) artists who live in the Delaware Valley area and have art and social change projects or opportunities that impact a larger group, audience or community. One of the more unique aspects of the Art and Change grant is its requirement for projects to be supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner—a person, organization, or business, that is connected to the project or community in some way.
June’s deadline is the second of three cycles for 2009. Of the 19 recipients, only four artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including art cartography, storytelling, and fashion design.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 71 applications, are:
Aisha Goss, Germantown, $2,500
Dina Dashiell, West Oak Lane, $2,500
Elizabeth Castiglione, Wayne, $2,500
Geri Allen, Coatesville, $2,500
Jennifer Turnbull, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Joan May T. Cordova, East Falls & Kathy Shimizu, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Joann Frasier Dasent, Glenside, $2,500
Lisa Kraus, Blue Bell, $2,500
Lynn Levin, Southampton, $2,500
Mary DeWitt, Media, $2,500
Najee, Germantown, $2,500
Phelena Jean, Germantown, $2,500
Rick Feely, Southwest Philadelphia, $2,500
Sarah Lowry, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Selina Carrera, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Shawn Hunter, Northeast Philadelphia, $2,500
Susan Collins, Jenkintown, $2,500
Suzanne Povse, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Yowei Shaw, University City, $2,500
The Art and Change grants are distributed three times per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The June 2009 review panel consisted of L. Capco Lincoln (filmmaker/performance artist), Margie Strosser (filmmaker/writer), and Ruth Naomi Floyd (LTA ‘06) (musician/photographer).