PHILADELPHIA-The Leeway Foundation announces $49,740 in grants to twenty 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: have art and social change projects or opportunities that impact a larger group, audience or community; have financial need; and live in the Delaware Valley area. 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 part of the project in some way.
June's deadline was the second cycle for 2008. Of the twenty recipients only three artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including animation and Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery.
This cycle's grantees, selected out of 61 applications, are:
Amma Young, Costume Design
Beth Pulcinella, Screenprinting
Charing A. Ball, Audio Documentary
Denise DiJoseph, Sculpture
Elba Hevia y Vaca, Dance
Emiko Sugiyama, Hip-Hop
Erika Mijlin & Julie Goldstein, Media Arts
Julia Katz, Mixed-Media
Kathy Padilla, Documentary
Kay Healy, Installation
Maggie Von Vogt, Audio Documentary
Marie Monique-Marthol, Multimedia
MJ Hasty, Documentary
Nehad Khader, Fiber Arts
Sarah Lowry, Dance
Shivaani Selvaraj, Documentary
Shuyuan Li, Music
Tamara Thomas, Dance
Vania Gulston, Media Arts
Winifred Collier Bolkus, Literary Arts
The Leeway Foundation's grant making programs honor women and transgender artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work. The foundation is committed to art making as an integral part of social change, movement building, and anti-oppression work.
The Art and Change grants are distributed three times per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The June 2008 review panel consisted of Helen Haynes (Director of Cultural Affairs, Montgomery County Community College), Lai Har Cheung (Holistic Health Counselor), and Deborah Block (Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Exile).
Applications are available on the Leeway website and outreach events are held throughout the year. Foundation staff members are available (by appointment) to provide support to potential applicants via workshops and advisory sessions. Applications can be obtained by calling (215) 545-4078 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is one remaining deadline for the 2008 Art and Change Grant September 8.