The Leeway Foundation announces today $52,500 in grants to 21 women and transgender artists and cultural producers 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 and cultural producers 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.
The August deadline was the final cycle for 2013. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including moving sculptural work, puppetry, audio documentary, animation, dance, and photography.
This cycle’s 21 grantees, selected out of 73 applications, are:
A Stick and a Stone, Music, West Bradford, $2,500
Annie Mok, Literary Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Barbara A. Grant, Literary Arts, Yeadon, $2,500
Bianca McClendon Frisby, Visual Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Chana Rothman, Music, Mount Airy, $2,500
Erin Filson, Media Arts, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Kerri Radley, Literary Arts, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Lorelei Narvaja, Visual Arts, East Kensington, $2,500
Lorna Williams, Multi-Disciplinary, Germantown, $2,500
Mica Root, Visual Arts, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Michelle Angela Ortiz, Visual Arts, South Philadelphia, $2,500
MJ Kaufman, Performance, Mount Airy, $2,500
Muthi Reed, Media Arts, LaMott, $2,500
Nanci Hersh, Visual Arts, Landenberg, $2,500
Rhetta Morgan, Music, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Media Arts, Wyndmoor, $2,500
Shannon Thompson, Literary Arts, Fishtown, $2,500
Shari Tobias, Visual Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Sistah Mafalda, Performance, Chester, $2,500
Talia Young, Media Arts, Center City, $2,500
Yowei Shaw, Media Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice per year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The August 2013 review panel consisted of literary artist and poet, Andrea Walls; DJ, musician, and cultural producer, Chaska Sofia (ACG ’11); and visual artist and curator, Roya Rastegar.
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, 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press inquiries should be directed to Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Program Director, at (215) 545-4078, ext. 11 or email@example.com.