Archive for July, 2010

I ‘m  very excited to announce that I received a Creative Work Fund Grant for the MAP project I am collaborating on with Bay Area artist Chris Treggiari! In 2010-2011 we will be partnering with SOMArts Cultural Center to embark on a new interactive and collaborative mobile exhibition platform. Thanks to everyone who has helped out with all of the continual support to make this a successful project!

Creative Work Fund Awards $650,000 to Northern California Artists

17 Exceptional Projects Awarded Grants for Performing and Visual Arts

The Creative Work Fund (CWF) is pleased to announce that it is awarding 17 grants totalling $650,000 to Northern California artists for the creation of new works in the fields of performing and visual arts. Featured artists are collaborating with local nonprofit community organizations on dynamic and creative projects that include dance, music, theater, sculpture, murals, interactive community art-making, and more.

“Watching new trends emerge each year in the grant proposals is fascinating,” said CWF director Frances Phillips, who has been heading the fund since its establishment in 1994. “For instance, this year a number of projects focused on food, healthy eating, and sustainability.”

For the 2010 grant cycle, CWF reviewed projects in the visual and performing arts, with successful applicants working in highly diverse media such as digital murals, dance theater, a graphic novel, mobile sculpture, photography, orchestral composition, interdisciplinary performance installations, traditional botanical painting, and a theatrical fusion oratorio.

Since 1994, CWF has contributed $8 million to advance art-making by Northern California artists in a variety of disciplines. Awards range from $10,000 to $40,000. Grants are highly competitive and recommended to CWF by a committee of accomplished panelists.

The 2010 CWF grant recipients hail from the Bay Area’s urban centers, extending out to Hollister and Benicia. Recipient artists are renowned in their disciplines, and have undergone a rigorous and intensely competitive review process.

One Lombard Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, CA  94111 (415) 402-2793, Fax (415) 986-4779    www.creativeworkfund.org

2010 Performing Arts Awardees and Collaborators:

Abi Basch (San Francisco) and Climate Theater (San Francisco); Jess Curtis (San Francisco) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Sean Dorsey (San Francisco) and Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco); Paul Dresher (Berkeley) and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (Berkeley); Philip Kan Gotanda (Berkeley) and University of California, Berkeley/Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (Berkeley); I Made Moja (Oakland) and Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Oakland); Amara Tabor-Smith (Oakland) and CounterPULSE(San Francisco); Daniel Valdez (Hollister) and El Teatro Capesino (San Juan Bautista)

2010 Visual Arts Awardees and Collaborators:

Victor Cartagena (San Francisco) and MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose); Topher Delaney(San Francisco) and San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (San Francisco); Peter Foucault (Oakland) and SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco); Lisa M. Hamilton (Mill Valley) and Roots of Change Fund (San Francisco); Matthew Passmore (San Francisco) and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge (Benicia); Ricardo Richey (San Francisco) and Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco); Favianna Rodriguez (Oakland) and ShadowLight Productions (San Francisco); Allison Smith (Oakland) and Southern Exposure (San Francisco); Claudia Stevens (Aptos) and University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum (Santa Cruz)

About the Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund was initiated in 1994 by four Bay Area foundations that wanted to contribute to the creation of new art works and support local artists. It is now a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that is supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. For the 2009-2010 grant cycle, the Fund invited performing and visual artists and nonprofit organizations from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Stanislaus counties to apply.

Grants are recommended to the fund by prestigious committees of panelists.  The 2010 performing arts review panelists were: Jenny Bilfield, Artistic and Executive Director, Stanford Lively Arts; Lane Czaplinski, Artistic Director, On the Boards; Margo Hall, actor, director, and playwright; Gustavo Matamoros, Director, South Florida Composers Alliance and Artistic Director, Subtropics Experimental Music & Sound Arts Festival; and David Rousseve, Professor of Choreography, University of California, Los Angeles and Artistic Director/Choreographer, REALITY.

The 2010 visual arts grant review panelists were: Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Samuel Hoi, President, Otis College of Art and Design; Chrissie Orr, artist, animator, and activist; Sanjit Sethi, Co-Director, Center for Art and Public Life at California College for the Arts; and Hamza Walker, Director of Education, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.

For more information, call (415) 402-2793 or visit www.creativeworkfund.org.

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