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Leeway Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Art and Change Grantees
Pictured: Amy June, Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Adonis BC Okonkwo, Boston Gordon, Mary DeWitt

Leeway Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Art and Change Grantees

18 women and trans artists and cultural producers receive project-based grants to further social change in Greater Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Leeway Foundation announced $43,500 in grants to 18 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 Greater Philadelphia region. The grant supports artists practicing a variety of disciplines including performance, crafts and textiles, and visual arts.

The following 18 artists and cultural producers were awarded grants (in alphabetical order):

Adonis BC Okonkwo of West Philadelphia, Multidisciplinary, $2,500

Amy June of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Media Arts, $2,500

Ana Martina of Kingsessing, Multidisciplinary, $2,500

Annie Mok of West Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500

Ants on a Log of West Philadelphia, Music/Performance, $2,500

Barb Baur of Mayfair, Media Arts/Crafts & Textiles, $2,500

Bonita Elaine Taylor of Chester, Folk Arts/Visual Arts, $2,500

Boston Gordon of Center City, Literary Arts/Performance, $2,000

Denise Allen of Jenkintown, Multidisciplinary, $2,500

Erika Guadalupe Núñez of South Philadelphia, Visual Arts, $2,500

Heather Raquel Phillips of South Philadelphia, Media Arts/Visual Arts, $2,500

Hye-Jung Park of West Philadelphia, Media Arts, $2,500

Juliana Reyes of Cedar Park, Literary Arts/Media Arts, $2,500

Kathryn Smith Pyle of Center City, Media Arts, $2,500

khari jackson of Glenwood, Visual Arts, $2,500

Maria Dumlao of East Kensington, Visual Arts/Literary Arts, $2,500

Mary DeWitt of Media, Visual Arts/Media Arts, $2,500

Mina Zarfsaz of Kensington, Media Arts/Visual Arts, $1,500

Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The Fall ACG 2017 review panel consisted of arts administrator and nonprofit development professional Amanda Morales Pratt, vocalist and pianist Dena Underwood (ACG ‘16), and social research activist artist Julie Rainbow (LTA '16, ACG '14).

Applications are 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 the Fall 2017 Press Kit.

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