The Leeway Foundation announces today $44,380 in grants to 18 women and transgender artists living in the six-county Philadelphia area (including Camden, NJ) to further their work integrating a variety of arts disciplines and social change.
The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and transgender (which includes those who identify as transsexual and genderqueer) artists who: have art and social change projects or opportunities that impact a larger group, audience or community; have financial need; and live in the Delaware Valley area. One of the more unique aspects of the Art and Change grant is its requirement for projects to be supported by a Change Partner—a person, organization, collective, or business, that supports the project in some way.
The August deadline was the second and final cycle for 2012. Of the 18 recipients, only 4 artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including clown performance, poetic translation, documentary filmmaking, audio documentary, illustrated literary arts, and sculpture.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 89 applications, are:
Alie Vidich, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500
Alison Crouse, Media Arts, Eastwick, $2500
August Tarrier, Literary Arts, Mount Airy, $2500
Charlotte Ford, Performance Art, Point Breeze/Newbold, $2500
Elliott batTzedek, Literary Arts, Germantown, $2500
Emily Satis, Visual Arts, Bella Vista, $2500
Jennie Shanker, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500
KellyAnne Mifflin, Multi-Disciplinary, West Philadelphia, $2500
Lillian Dunn, Media Arts, South Philadelphia, $2500
Lorelei Narvaja, Visual Arts, East Kensington, $2500
Magira Eue Ross, Performance Art, West Philadelphia, $2500
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Literary Arts, West Philadelphia, $2500
Megan Williamson, Media Arts, West Powelton, $2500
Nikki López, Media Arts, Center City, $1880
Ovid Amorson, Literary Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Shelley Spector, Visual Arts, Bella Vista, $2500
Wanda A. Dickerson, Crafts/Textiles, Camden, Whitman Park Area, $2500
Yowei Shaw, Media Arts, West Philadelphia, $2500
The Art and Change Grants are distributed twice per year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The August 2012 review panel consisted of visual artist and educator Betsy Casañas (LTA ’08); visual and media artist Caroline Savage; and writer and theater artist Julia López (WOO ‘01).
Applications are made available on the Leeway website and outreach events are held throughout the year. The next Art and Change Grant deadline is March 1, 2013.
Foundation staff members are available (by appointment) to provide support to potential applicants via workshops and advisory sessions. Applications may also be obtained by calling (215) 545-4078 or emailing email@example.com.
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