upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

Kinyozi-Yvette Smalls

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2008 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Kinyozi is a folk artist who grew up in West Philadelphia. Her medium—hair sculpting, also know as braiding—is a cultural-communal craft in the African-American community, and an aesthetic enterprise with a host of emotional and psychological issues. She uses the form to examine and explore identity, upholding and reinforcing an African standard of beauty that helps contribute to a larger sense of self-worth. Kinyozi began her work in her home, transforming it into an informal meeting place, hub, and healing space. Currently, she teaches in community arts programs, libraries, museums, and schools. She produced a forty-minute award-winning documentary on her work, called Hair Stories, which gave her a platform to share her ideas and empower African-American women and girls. Kinyozi is the regional director of the National Braider's Guild, which challenges many of society's deep assumptions about beauty and about what constitutes art. By helping women see themselves in a positive light, braiding supports their and sense of belonging.


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
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03/2712:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Understanding Taxes for Artists

Leeway is partnering with CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia and Vision Driven Artists for three sessions designed to help artists understand tax season!

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03/276:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Infosession at Taller Puertorriqueño

Learn more about our grant programs and application process at this information session!

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