Funding women and trans artists and cultural producers creating social change
Leeway Foundation's grantmaking programs honor women and trans* artists and cultural producers for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work.
The Art and Change Grants and the Leeway Transformation Awards fund women and trans artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties), who engage in art and social change work and have financial need.
Leeway supports the natural intersection of art and social change. We understand that art is not born in a vacuum. Art is created within a context. Who we are, where we live, how we relate to our communities, and how we view the world influence what we create, how we create, and why we create art for social change.
Art for social change is art with a vision and impacts people in many ways. It can: raise consciousness; alter how we think about ourselves, our society, or our culture; create a vision of a more just world; be a tool or strategy for organizing and movement-building; reclaim traditional cultural practices as a form of resistance or community building; challenge racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism or other forms of oppression; and question mainstream culture and beliefs.
With the ideals of social change in mind, we created these programs to challenge the norms of traditional grantmaking. We seek to recognize women and trans artists whose work is often ignored, silenced, and marginalized because of what they create or who they are - such as people of color; immigrants; gay, lesbian, and bisexual people; poor and working-class people; and people who take risks with art form and content to share their social change vision.
*Leeway is a trans-affirming organization committed to gender self-determination, and we use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.
These programs are open to Leeway grantees only.
Leeway Foundation and the Icebox Project Space have partnered to offer a two-week residency to a past Leeway grantee at the Icebox Project Space, June 17-30, 2019. This year’s residency will focus on experimental and time-based works that make use of the Icebox’s unique spatial characteristics, including but not limited to video, performance and movement. Leeway Foundation grantees of all artistic disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal for an exhibition or performance at the Icebox, located in the Crane Arts Building. The deadline to apply is Tuesday March 5, 2019. Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.
An open house and information session will be held at the Icebox on February 10, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm to help applicants understand the possibilities and available resources, and to address logistical questions. Register for the information session here.
The Window of Opportunity (WOO) Grant provides financial assistance of up to $1,500 to previous Leeway grant and award recipients to help them take advantage of imminent opportunities to support their art for social change practice. The deadline is on the 15th of every month from February to November, and decisions are made within four weeks of the deadline. Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.
The Art and Change Grant (ACG) 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. [learn more]
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. [learn more]