upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

Frances McElroy

Frances McElroy Frances McElroy
(1) by Collin M Lenton (2) by James Wasserman

Frances is a documentary filmmaker who uses her art to give voice to those whose lives reflect social justice concerns. Her work consists of telling the personal stories of individuals and organizations that stimulate recognition of shared problems, increased understanding, and action. As a filmmaker with nearly 25 years experience, she is also a mentor, encouraging young filmmakers to create work with a social purpose. Her two most recent projects are Making Waves, a film exploring ways to increase racial diversity in the historically white sport of rowing, and Mirror Dance, a story of twin sisters whose art of ballet sustained them during a 40-year estrangement following the Cuban Revolution. Previous work includes An Angel In The Village, a documentary about Lily Yeh’s activist work with youth in North Philadelphia, and Our Food Our Future, which looks at community-based food programs working to solve hunger and food insecurity. Beyond the content of her films, Frances sees opportunity for social change in their exhibition and distribution. Her films are aimed at public, non-commercial, free television, creating the opportunity for those who may not otherwise be inspired or challenged by its subject matter to see her work. She also makes her films available to educational, cultural, community and advocacy groups to stimulate dialogue and motivate change. Frances is committed to representing subjects through personal, unfiltered representation and approaching their stories with conscience and compassion.


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
06/111:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grant Info Session in West Chester

Are you thinking about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Leeway Transformation Award but not sure of how to go about it? Join us for one of these information sessions to learn how to prepare your application for the 2018 grants. 

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06/137:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: Gabriela Sanchez

What is an invisible disability? Do you have one, the person sitting next to you? The Hidden Disabilities Project will be Power Street Theatre Company’s next foray into experimental theatre making. With this new and exciting piece created by the only Women of Color led theatre company in Philadelphia, take an immersive journey exploring the gray areas of having an invisible disability in a black and white world.

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