PHILADELPHIA—The Leeway Foundation announces $50,000 in grants to 21 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 a Change Partner—a person, organization, or business, that supports the project in some way.
The March deadline was the first cycle for 2010. Of the 21 recipients, only five artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including cabaret performance, poetry, and traditional music.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 98 applications, are:
Alie Vidich, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Amanda Johnson, North Philadelphia, $2,500
Andrea Okorley, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Ben Singer, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Benita Cooper, Center City, $2,500
Catzie Vilayphonh, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Che Gossett, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Fatimah Lorén, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Lorelei Narvaja, East Kensington, $2,500
Milena Velis, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Monique E. Hankerson, Germantown, $2,500
Niv Acosta and iele paloumpis, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Pallabi Chakravorty, Lower Merion, $2,500
Qian Li, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Saida Agostini, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Stephanie “Amma” Young, Logan, $2,500
Takeya Trayer, Art Museum, $2,500
Vena Jefferson, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Yaba Amgborale Blay, Cheltenham, $2,500
Yowei Shaw, West Philadelphia, $2,500
The Art and Change grants are distributed twice per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The March 2010 review panel consisted of conceptual artist, researcher and teacher Carolyn Chernoff, visual artist and activist Leeroy Kang, and performing artist and arts administrator Theresa Shockley.
Applications are made available on the Leeway website and outreach events are held throughout the year. The next Art and Change Grant Deadline is September 1, 2010.
Foundation staff members are available (by appointment) to provide support to potential applicants via workshops and advisory sessions. Applications may also be obtained by calling (215) 545-4078 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.