The Leeway Foundation recently announced $49,400 in grants to 22 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 22 artists were awarded grants (in alphabetical order):
Ana Guissel, West Kensington, Crafts & Textiles/ Folk Art
Anula Shetty, Fishtown, Media Arts
April Gilliam,Southwest Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary
Emily Abendroth, West Philadelphia, Media Arts
Fernanda Marroquin Gozalo, West Philadelphia, Literary Arts/Visual Arts
Genesis Crespo, Kingsessing, Multi-Disciplinary
Kate Gallagher, Cedar Park, Literary Arts/ Folk Art
Kathryn Pannepacker, Germantown, Crafts and Textiles/ Visual Arts
LaNeshe Miller-White, Delcroft, Performance
Lauren Vargas, Hunting Park, Visual Arts
Lily Hughes, West Philadelphia, Performance/Media Arts
Melissa Talley-Palmer, Germantown, Multi-Disciplinary
Nicole Bindler, South Philadelphia, Performance
Pascale Boucicaut and Adachi Pimentel, West Philadelphia, Folk Arts/ Visual Arts
Sarah Milinski, South Philadelphia, Media Arts
Sinta Penyami Hite, South Philadelphia, Folk Art/Performance
Suzanne Cloud and Rhenda Fearrington, Collingswood and Morton, Multi-Disciplinary
Tara Felicia Jones, Worcester Township, Literary Arts/Visual Arts
Tayarisha Poe, West Philadelphia, Media Arts/Visual Arts
Wesley Flash, West Philadelphia, Multi-Disciplinary
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The March 2015 review panel consisted of facilitator and artist Qui Dorian (ACG '14), quilter and doll maker Ra’sheedah Bey (LTA '10), and filmmaker Wazmah Osman.
Applications are made available on the Leeway website, and may also be obtained by calling 215.545.4078 or emailing email@example.com. 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 August 1, 2015.
Press inquiries and photo requests should be directed to Denise Beek at (215) 545-4078, ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.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.