PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Leeway Foundation announced $47,500 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, from immigration and transgender justice to cultural preservation and environmental justice.
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, visual arts, and literary arts.
The following 22 artists were awarded grants (in alphabetical order):
@Pormisjoyas of West Philadelphia, Folk Art
Alex Barrett and Kris Moore of University City, Literary and Visual Arts
Amber Emory of West Philadelphia, Performance and Literary Arts
Ana Guissel Palma of West Kensington, Crafts & Textiles and Visual Arts
Carman Spoto of Downingtown, Media Arts
Carolyn L. Payne of Chester, Multidisciplinary
Cassendre Xavier of University City, Multidisciplinary
Davy Knittle and Mel Bentley of Cedar Park and Allegheny West, Literary Arts and Crafts & Textiles
JBK of North Philadelphia, Visual Arts and Folk Art
Kara Crombie of East Kensington, Music and Performance
Kayleb Rae Candrilli of Point Breeze, Literary Arts and Performance
Leah Stein of South Philadelphia, Performance and Music
Li Sumpter of Walnut Hill, Multidisciplinary
Meg Lemieur and Bri Barton of Fishtown / Port Richmond and Norris Square, Visual Arts and Performance
Nkechi of Germantown, Multidisciplinary
Priscilla Anacakuyani of Grays Ferry, Visual Arts and Performance
Stephanie Amma of East Mount Airy, Folk Art and Music
Stephanie Yuhas of West End, Media Arts and Performance
Susan Lankin-Watts of Ardmore, Music
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The Spring 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).
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*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.