upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Donna Oblongata

Donna Oblongata Donna Oblongata
(1) by Lorelei Narvaja (2) by Abby

Donna Oblongata is primarily a theatre artist and writer. In 2006, she co-founded the punk rock theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, with whom she made and toured critically acclaimed plays around the country for seven years. She’s been a member of the Baltimore-based collective Wham City, directing a touring stage adaptation of the movie Jurassic Park that Rolling Stone cited as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country.” Donna’s interactive-play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one was included in Wham City’s Box Set #1, which was released at the Whitney Museum of American Art that same year. 

She holds an MFA from Towson University, where, for her thesis project, she brought free puppetry workshops to Palestinian youth and refugees in Jordan and the West Bank. In 2014, she was commissioned to be an Artist in Residence for the People's Climate March in New York City- the largest march against climate change in history. Her projects have been finalists for the Creative Capital Grant and the MAP Fund Grant. In 2015, she performed in PearlDamour's site-specific production Lost in the Meadow at Longwood Gardens. More recently, she taught the Kinetic Sculpture Class for Neighborhood Bike Works and co-designed and built 150 cardboard sunflowers for a protest of the PES oil refinery expansion in Southwest Philadelphia.

She's currently developing a new musical about the Earth First! movement.

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Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 08/01
Upcoming events
09/232:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I’m Afraid Of Men Book Reading and Q&A

Vivek Shraya will read and answer questions about her new book, I’m Afraid of Men, co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Leeway Foundation, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, and City of Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

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10/0510:45 am - 12:00 pm

RELEASE: Art in the Context of Gender Justice & Mass Incarceration

Leeway will facilitate an interactive workshop and panel discussion on gender justice and the role that art has in decarceration activism as a part of Philadelphia FIGHT's Beyond The Walls Prison Reform Summit.

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