The Leeway Foundation announces today $52,869 in grants to 28 women and transgender artists and cultural producers living in the six-county Philadelphia area (including Camden, NJ) 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 and cultural producers 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.
The March deadline was the first cycle for 2013. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including performance, literary arts, human-powered sculpture, media arts and story-telling portraiture.
This cycle’s 28 grantees, selected out of 66 applications, are:
Adriana Arvizo of South Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2,500
Azia Squire of South Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500
Ben Singer and Ksenya Leah Basarab of West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary, $2,500
Chantelle Bateman of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
Counter Narrative Society of North Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary, $2,500
Cyrée Johnson of West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary, $1,730
Indah Nuritasari of South Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2,500
Janice Hays-Cha of Elkins Park, Brenda Howell of Elkins Park, Julie Mann of Wyncote, Karen Hunter McLaughlin of Northeast Philadelphia, and Kimberly Mehler of Abington as The MamaCITA Cooperative, Multi-Disciplinary, $2,500
Kitt Reidy of Germantown, Literary Arts, $2,500
LaNeshe Miller-White of West Philadelphia, Performance, $2,500
Liz Walker of West Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2,500
Lovella Calica of West Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2,500
Maryam April Pugh of Ardmore and Misty Sol of West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary, $1,779
Noveau Noir of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
Ritu Pandya of Audobon, NJ, Multi-Disciplinary, $2,500
Robin R. Muldor of Mount Airy, Literary Arts, $1,680
Shanti Sheena of Fairmount, Folk Arts, $2500
Sosena Solomon of Fairmount, Media Arts, $2,500
Suzana Berger of West Philadelphia and Miriam White of South Philadelphia, Performance, $2,500
Theresa BrownGold of Doylestown, Visual Arts, $2,500
Wilna Julmiste of Cherry Hill, NJ, Media Arts, $2,500
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice per year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The March 2013 review panel consisted of literary artist and poet, Andrea Walls; DJ, musician and cultural producer, Chaska Sofia (ACG ’11); and visual artist and curator, Roya Rastegar.
Applications are made available on the Leeway website and outreach events are held throughout the year. The next Art and Change Grant deadline is August 1, 2013.
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