GRANTS AND FISCAL SPONSORSHIP
For worthy projects that align with our mission, we offer small grants and fiscal sponsorship on a first come first served basis, as our resources and available funds permit. Please note that we must retain control and discretion as to the use of funds received from donors, and manage distributions to support initiatives that further our own exempt purposes.
Please contact us if you are interested in applying for funding or sponsorship.
Small Grants: 2021
a Photo Mural for Project Worthmore
by Edica Pacha
Artist-photographer Edica Pacha photographed refugee-staff members and created large-scale photo murals for Project Worthmore, a multi-faceted refugee re-location project in the center of Aurora, Colorado. With the creative participation of local families and community members, the murals were further embellished and installed on the exterior of the building, where they will remain prominently visible to thousands of people in the area. The artist describes the project beautifully, saying: This project acts as an opportunity for people to be seen and stories to be told, to weave together those who have migrated from lands which could not support them and created a life helping and serving other people. Art acts as a platform of transformation through the act of creating beauty to inspire a deeper level of awareness.
Pacha is interested in creating opportunities for ‘humans to be seen’ and vulnerabilities to be shared, while connecting deeply through Social Art and street art practices. You can see more of Pacha’s work on her website at www.edicapacha.com and instagram @edicapacha.
Inaugural Residencies at Motherful, Columbus, OH and Casa Carmelita, El Paso, TX
by Amy Jo Christian
Autumn of 2021 marked the launch of heARTful rEVOLution, by Amy Jo Christian, an artist residency project that raises and centers voices from distressed, marginalized and underserved communities by providing spaces, skill building, tools, supplies, and logistical support for participants to connect and express themselves through the arts. As proposed, artist residencies at Motherful, in Columbus, Ohio and Casa Carmelita, in El Paso, Texas, were 10 days long, emergent, process oriented, and free and easily accessible to community participants. Giant Puppet and image creation focused on themes and stories chosen through community brainstorm processes and storyboarding. Both residencies were held in collaboration with BIPOC led small grassroots local organizations and culminated in highly visual and theatrical participatory public events. Host organizations were left with supplies, specialty tools, skills, documentation and handbooks, and a collection of street-ready large-scale puppets & related imagery for future use. In total the two residencies offered over 120 hours of instruction, skill sharing, and creation time to 52 youth and adults from poor/working class BIPOC communities. The resulting performance and parade were enjoyed by @500 people in these communities and afforded these two young grassroots organizations opportunities to build greater awareness of their work, while gathering their members and close communities to share their stories, and express their values and visions through creative exploration.
Amy Jo Christian has been performing circus, puppetry, dance, and creating hand wrought visuals and outdoor spectacle for productions from international festivals to political actions for 24 years. Amy is a founder and Artistic director of Wise Fool New Mexico, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention and In The Street Theatre Festival in San Francisco. A community activist and teacher, Amy brings insight, experience, passion and commitment to her work. Her belief in the power of art as a tool for change on all levels: individual, political, societal, has led her to direct such projects as Women Walking Tall in the Bay Area, BUST Women’s Circus Intensives in New Mexico, and Wise Guise Stilt Empowerment Program for At Risk Youth in San Francisco. She has been the lead instructor of partner acrobatics at the Wise Fool Studio in NM for the past 8 years developing youth and adult curriculum in acrobalance as well as performing and choreographing acrobalance acts for stages across the US. Amy has studied with teachers and performers from Vulcana Circus in Australia, Terry Sendgraf in the Bay Area, LAVA in Brooklyn and NECA in Vermont. She has been featured as a TEDx speaker on the power of Outdoor Theater to promote social change, and as a guest teacher, performer and lecturer at community centers, schools, prisons, activist gatherings, conferences and universities for organizations including UC Monterrey Bay, International Performing Arts For Youth, National Dance Institute, and Institute of American Indian Arts. Amy uses the circus arts to encourage people to rise to new challenges and realize that together we can create the world we envision.