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Leeway Foundation Announces Fall 2016 Art and Change Grantees

26 women and trans artists and cultural producers receive project-based grants to further social change in the Delaware Valley

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Leeway Foundation announced $54,975 in grants to 26 women and trans* artists and cultural producers in Greater Philadelphia, supporting their work to address a range of social change issues. 

Leeway’s Art and Change Grant provides project-based funds of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists and cultural producers who: propose a project that impacts a larger group, audience or community; have financial need; and live in the Delaware Valley area. The grant supports artists practicing a variety of disciplines including performance, crafts and textiles, and visual arts.

The following 26 artists were awarded grants (in alphabetical order):

Anne Harrison of South Philadelphia and Linda Fernandez of West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary

Betty Leacraft of North Philadelphia, Crafts & Textiles/Visual Arts

Catherine Pancake of Cedar Park, Media Arts/Music

Courtney Bowles of Kingsessing, Multi-Disciplinary

Cynthia Dewi Oka of Collingswood, Literary Arts/Performance

Debbie Rudman of Kensington, Media Arts

Dena Underwood of Italian Market, Music/Performance

Diane Monroe of East Norriton, Music/Performance

Emily Bunker of Fishtown, Media Arts/Crafts & Textiles

Jai Arun Ravine of West Philadelphia and Coda Wei of Upper Darby, Media Arts/Performance

JD Stokely of West Philadelphia, Performance

Kay Wood of Mount Airy, Media Arts

Lauren Vargas of Hunting Park, Visual Arts

Li Sumpter of Abington, Multi-Disciplinary

Mayada of Northeast Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Folk Art

Nanci Hersh of New Garden, Visual Arts/Literary Arts

Pia Deas of Art Museum, Media Arts

Romeeka Williams of North Philadelphia, Literary Arts

Shivon Pearl Love of Brewerytown and Khaliah Pitts of East Mount Airy, Folk Art/Literary Arts

Tessa of Southwest Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Media Arts

Yasmine Awais of West Powelton and K.C. Wuebbling of Cedar Park, Visual Arts/Literary Arts,


Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel.  The August 2016 review panel consisted of playwright and devised theater maker MJ Kaufman (ACG ‘13), educator and community organizer Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, and folklorist and curator Selina Morales

Applications are made available on the Leeway website, and may also be obtained by calling (215) 545-4078 or emailing info@leeway.org. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the many support sessions offered throughout the year, or schedule an appointment with a staff member for one-on-one support. 

Press inquiries and photo requests should be directed to Denise Beek at (215) 545-4078, ext. 14 or dbeek@leeway.org.

*We use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.


The Leeway Foundation supports women and transgender artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through our grantmaking and other programs we promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice. For more information about Leeway, its grant programs, grantees and events, visit www.leeway.org.

Download Fall 2016 Press Release, Project Descriptions, and Panelist Bios



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