The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living 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.
The award is unrestricted (it is not project-based) and open to women and trans* people working in any art form, traditional or non-traditional.
We encourage you to apply if you are a woman or trans* artist who:
The Transformation Award application is a two-stage process.
Stage 1: This is a two-stage application process. The Stage 1 application is due May 15. Stage 1 is open to all eligible applicants. A panel of community-based artists will review applications and make decisions to invite applicants to submit work samples for Stage 2.
Stage 2: By invitation only. All invited applicants from Stage 1 will receive an application stipend to help cover the costs of preparing work samples. In addition to the stipend, we will offer each applicant support through in-person meetings and application feedback, as needed. The Stage 2 deadline will be announced to finalists only. All invitees will receive notification and announcement of final Awardees in December 2019.
Applications will be accepted via hardcopy and online.
*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.