The Leeway Foundation recently announced $67,500 in grants to 28 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 impact 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 28 artists were awarded grants (in alphabetical order):
Allison McDaniel, Fishtown, Visual Arts
Ana B. Hernandez, West Philadelphia, Crafts & Textiles/Visual Arts
Betty Lawrence, Visual Arts, Overbrook Farms
Byheijja Sabree, Camden, Performance/Folk Art
Carman Spoto, Pennsport, Media Arts/Visual Arts
Cleonice Fonseca, Germantown Folk, Art/Performance
Debra Powell-Wright, Aldan of Delaware County, Literary Arts
Elizabeth Hamilton, Northeast Philadelphia, Visual Arts
Erika Guadalupe Nunez, West Philadelphia, Visual Arts
Erin Bernard, South Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary
Faith Bartley, North Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary
Fran Harmoni, Frankford, Media Arts/Folk Art
Grey Nebraska, University City, Literary Arts/Media Arts
Jennifer Kidwell, Fishtown, Performance
Judith Sachs, Queen Village, Performance
Linda Fernandez and Anne Harrison, South Philadelphia, Crafts & Textiles/Visual Arts
Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Lansdowne of Delaware County, Media Arts
Marie Nyenbo, Southwest Philadelphia, Music/Folk Art
Mary DeWitt, Media of Delaware County, Visual Arts/Media Arts
Mir Masud-Elias, West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary
Monnette Sudler-Honesty, Germantown, Music
Nimisha Ladva, Wynnewood of Montgomery County, Performance/Literary Arts
Sarah Alderman, Unionville of Chester County, Media Arts/Crafts & Textiles
Sarah Green, West Philadelphia, Visual Arts
Sarah Mitteldorf, East Falls, Performance
Tara Burk, Washington Square West, Visual Arts/Literary Arts
Yvonne Lung, Chinatown, Multi-Disciplinary
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The August 2015 review panel consisted of healing justice artist Qui Dorian (ACG '14), quilter and doll maker Ra’sheedah Bey (LTA '10), and filmmaker Wazmah Osman. Aarati Kasturirangan, director of programs at Bread and Roses Community Fund, facilitated the panel.
Applications are made available on the Leeway website, and may also be obtained by calling 215.545.4078 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.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. The next Art and Change Grant deadline is March 1, 2016.
Press inquiries and photo requests should be directed to Denise Beek at (215) 545-4078, ext. 14 or email@example.com.
*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.