PHILADELPHIA- The Leeway Foundation announces $57,561 in grants to 26 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 2009. Of the 26 recipients, only four artists previously received funding from the organization. The grants awarded went to artists working in a variety of fields including documentary film, quilting, and memoir-writing.
This cycle’s grantees, selected out of 95 applications, are:
Abby Longo, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Adrienne Kenton, Bella Vista, $2,500
Angela V. Harvey, Cobbs Creek Park, $2,500
Barbara Ann Grant, Yeadon, $2,500
Betty Leacraft, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Charlene Arcila, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Deborah Rudman, Northern Liberties, $2,500
Erica Vanstone, East Kensington, $2,500
Gavin A. Outlaw, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Indah Nuritasari, South Philadelphia, $2,500
Irma Gardner-Hammond, Germantown, $2,500
Janet Goldwater, Spring Garden & Barbara Attie, Bala Cynwyd, $2,500
Leo T. Watts, Northeast Philadelphia, $2,500
Madhusmita Bora, Germantown, $2,500
Marie Alarcón, University City, $2,170
Marilyn Kai Jewett, Cheltenham Village, $2,500
Molik Michal Harvey, West Philadelphia, $2,500
Morgan Rich, Mt. Airy, $2,500
Sekai, University City, $2,500
Sky, Center City, $2,500
Stacey Robinson, Germantown, $391
Tatiana Bacchus, Lower Makefield & Cymande Lewis, Germantown, $2,500
Tina Smith-Brown, Northern Liberties, $2,500
Wolfie E. Rawk, Cedar Park, $2,500
The Art and Change grants are distributed three times per year and are evaluated by an independent peer review panel. The September 2009 review panel consisted of filmmaker/performance artist L. Capco Lincoln, filmmaker/writer Margie Strosser, and musician/photographer Ruth Naomi Floyd (LTA ’06).