PHILADELPHIA-The Leeway Foundation announces $46,550 in grants to nineteen women and transgender artists living in the six-county Philadelphia area (including Camden) 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 or in collaboration with a Change Partner a person, organization, or business, that is part of the project in some way.
September's deadline was the final cycle for 2008. Of the nineteen recipients only two artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including hip-hop choreography and batik printmaking.
This cycle's grantees, selected out of 66 applications, are:
Ama Schley and Payin Schley, Dance
Ava Blitz, Sculpture
Desi Burnette, Audio
Dorothy Goins, Creative Writing
Erika Almiron, Photography and Film/Video
Erin Howley, Printmaking
Gwynne B. Sigel, Theater
Iya Sangolade, Crafts
Karen Lefebvre-Christou, Multi-Discplinary
Meghann Williams and Gigi Naglak, Theater
Michele Byrd-McPhee, Dance
Renee "Oyin" Harris-Hardy, Dance
Rika Hawes, Film/Video and Photography
Shayna Sheness Israel, Poetry and Performance
Sonia Arora, Film/Video and Oral History
Stephanie Yuhas, Film/Video and Creative Nonfiction
Tani L. Khabbaz, Music and Spoken Word
Tina Smith-Brown, Literature
Yvonne Lung, Visual Arts
The Leeway Foundation's grant making programs honor women and transgender artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work. The foundation is committed to art making as an integral part of social change, movement building, and anti-oppression work.
The Art and Change grants are distributed three times per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The September 2008 review panel consisted of Helen Haynes (Director of Cultural Affairs, Montgomery County Community College), Lai Har Cheung (Holistic Health Counselor), and Deborah Block (Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Exile).
Applications are available on the Leeway website and outreach events are held throughout the year. Foundation staff members are available (by appointment) to provide support to potential applicants via workshops and advisory sessions. Applications can be obtained by calling (215) 545-4078 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.