PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Leeway Foundation announced $36,800 in grants to 16 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 Fall 2018 Art and Change grantees are (in alphabetical order):
Bonita Elaine Taylor of Chester, Crafts & Textiles, $2,500
Claudia Peregrina of Point Breeze, Crafts & Textiles, $2,500
Cybee Bloss of Southwest Philadelphia, Media Arts/Literary Arts, $2,500
Danny of Chester, Multidisciplinary, $2,500
Eliza Leighton of West Philadelphia, Visual Arts/Performance, $2,500
Eppchez! of Germantown, Crafts & Textiles/Visual Arts, $2,500
Here and Now Zines of West Philadelphia, Literary Arts, $2,500
LaTierra of Cedar Park, Multidisciplinary, $2,500
Marie Alarcón of Belmont, Media Arts/Performance, $2,500
Mariya Oneby of Overbrook, Literary Arts, $1,800
pep marie of Southwest Philadelphia, Crafts & Textiles/Literary Arts, $2,500
Sarah Muehlbauer of Germantown, Performance/Media Arts, $2,500
Shreshth Khilani of Cedar Park, Performance, $2,500
Ya Shoosh of North Philadelphia, Media Arts/Visual Arts, $2,500
Yolonda Johnson-Young of Carroll Park, Media Arts/Visual Arts, $2,500
Art and Change Grants are distributed twice a year and evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The Fall 2018 review panel consisted of cultural organizer and facilitator Andrea Jácome, filmmaker and sound artist Catherine Pancake (LTA ‘17, WOO ‘17, ACG ‘16), and multidisciplinary artist Petra Floyd.
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.
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.