PHILADELPHIA—The Leeway Foundation announces $57,500 in grants to 24 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 2011. Of the 24 recipients, only five artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including diorama, oral history, textiles, and memoir.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 96 applications, are:
Ana Guissel of Northern Liberties, Crafts & Textiles/Folk Arts, $2500
Beverly Dale of Mount Airy, Music, $2500
Debra Wright of Clifton Heights, Literary Arts, $2500
Elisabeth Nickles of Germantown, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Erica Cho of Mount Airy, Media Arts, $2500
Genne Murphy of West Philadelphia, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Indah Nuritasari of South Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2500
Jardyn Lake of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2500
Ketch Wehr of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Media Arts, $2500
Kimberly Murray of Cedar Park, Performance/Media Arts, $2500
Maria Möller of South Philadelphia, Performance, $2500
Mia McKenzie of West Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2500
Michelle Myers of Camden Riverfront, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Miranda Thompson of West Philadelphia, Performance, $2500
Natalie Helen Hoffmann of Fern Rock, Visual Arts, $2500
Nora Hiriart Litz of Bella Vista, Visual Arts/Folk Arts, $2500
Ondartza of Queen Village, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Rachel Gucwa of Fishtown & Kathryn Pannepacker of North Philadelphia, Multi-disciplinary $2500
Robin Williams-Turnage of Germantown, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Rowen Haigh of West Philadelphia, of Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Shari Tobias of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Literary Arts, $2500
Shawnta Smith-Taylor of Pennsauken, Multi-disciplinary, $2500
Tili Ayala of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2500
The Art and Change grants are distributed twice per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The March 2011 review panel consisted of audiovisual artist and music producer Rucyl Mills, community activist and organizer Tarana Burke, and art educator and fiber artist Wolfie E. Rawk (ACG '09).
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 15, 2011.
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.