The Leeway Foundation announces today over $60,000 in grants to 29 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 November deadline was the final cycle for 2011. Of the 29 recipients, only five artists previously received funding from the organization, and two awards were given to collaborative projects. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including performance, music, media, and literary arts.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 89 applications, are:
Adelaide Windsome of West Philadelphia, Media Arts/Crafts and Textiles, $2,500
Amanda Benton of North Philadelphia/Fairmount, Visual Arts/Media Arts, $2,500
Angela “Sadio” Watson of Nicetown, Folk Arts, $2,500
AnOmali of Point Breeze, Music/Performance Art, $2,500
Brenda Howell of Elkins Park, Janice Hays-Cha of Elkins Park, Julie Mann of Wyncote, Karen Hunter McLaughlin of Northeast Philadelphia, and Kimberly Mehler of Abington as The Mamacita Collective, Visual Arts/Crafts and Textiles, $2,500
Chaska Sofia of West Philadelphia, Music/Media Arts, $2,500
Che Gossett of West Philadelphia, Multi-disciplinary, $2,000
Dalia O’Gorman of Fishtown, Visual Arts, $2,500
Esterlina Onalisa Fernandez of North Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
Iresha Picot of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
JaFang Lu of South Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
Joe Ippolito of Mount Airy, Media Arts/Visual Arts, $2,500
Jojo of West Oak Lane, Performance Art, $2,500
Jos Duncan of South Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500
Lee Ann Irizarry of Pennsauken, Media Arts, $2,500
Leonor of Wyoming Branch, Multi-disciplinary, $2,500
Misty Sol of Sharon Hill, Literary Arts/Poetry, $2,500
Nuala Cabral of West Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500
Pat McLean of Olney, Multi-disciplinary, $2,500
Sinema White of East Oak Lane, Music/Media Arts, $2,491
Tamara Anderson of Mount Airy, Performance Art, $1,844
Thomasin Parnes of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500
Toni Kersey of Springfield & Christina E. Johnson of West Philadelphia, Crafts and Textiles, $2,500
Yowei Shaw of West Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500
The Art and Change grants are distributed twice per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The Fall 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 March 15, 2012.
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.
The Leeway Foundation supports women and trans artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through our grantmaking and other programs we promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice.
For more information contact Sham-e-Ali Nayeem at 215.545.4078, ext. 11 or email@example.com.