upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Vera Nakonechny

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2011 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Vera has been driven to learn as much about Ukrainian folk art since the first stitches she placed on fabric as a young girl. Over time, Vera grew to understand that mastering her art was not only her obligation as a craftsperson, but more importantly, she understood the responsibility she had to protect the ancient cultural heritage of her ancestors.  Due to many foreign campaigns of political and cultural destructions, countless true forms of Ukrainian folk arts have been lost or manipulated beyond recognition. Vera sees herself as a an artist-advocate, with a calling to find, protect, and advance these cultural treasures not only within her own Ukrainian American community, but outside of it as well—thus ensuring that these treasures will never be lost or forgotten.


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
11/01All Day

REEL Change: Leeway’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival

A moving collage of short films and feature-length work from Leeway community of artists over the years, featured during the month of November.

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11/083:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TransForming Inclusion Launch Event & Panel Discussion

A celebration of the launch of TransForming Inclusion, featuring a panel discussion with guide contributors and cultural organizers, followed by a reception.  

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