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516 ARTS announces Call for Proposals for 2017 Fulcrum Fund grants for local artists

The Fulcrum Fund, now in its second year, is developed and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Call for Proposals opens April 1, 2017, and the deadline is August 1, 2017. This year’s guest jurors are Kerry Doyle (El Paso, TX), René Morales (Miami, FL) and Lowery Stokes Sims (New York, NY).


This year, the Fulcrum Fund will provide grants of $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $60,000 (increased from $50,000 last year). These awards aim to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are accessible and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an experimental arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of lm screenings and more. In accordance with the mission of 516 ARTS to forge connections between art and audiences, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to support artists and projects that generate meaningful shared experiences and are created in a collaborative spirit. This program serves as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and pivot in new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. The Fulcrum Fund is a springboard for artistic processes that are adventurous, experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that do not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.


516 ARTS invites those interested in applying to the Fulcrum Fund to attend an informational session available in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The sessions provide an overview of the program, the eligibility requirements, examples of selected proposals from last year’s grant recipients, and instructions on how to develop project budgets. The info sessions are free and open to the public.


Fulcrum Fund grants are for non-501c3, self-organized artistic activity that has a public component. Artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro) are encouraged to apply. Students, commercial businesses and non-pro t organizations are NOT eligible. 


KERRY DOYLE is the Director and Chief Curator of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. Doyle specializes in curatorial projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative, with a special focus on the US-Mexico border as subject and site. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from De Paul University, Chicago, and a B.A. in Drawing and Printmaking and M.A. in Latin American and Border Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a 2014 graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and 2009 Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute for Latino Museum Studies.

RENÉ MORALES is Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), where he has organized nearly 40 exhibitions. Prior to PAMM/MAM, Morales worked at The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and interned in the Painting and Sculpture department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Morales earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Art History from Brown University.

LOWERY STOKES SIMS, recently named one of the Most Influential Curators by Artsy, is the retired Curator Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design. She served as Executive Director and then President of The Studio Museum in Harlem and was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. Sims holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and has received seven honorary degrees. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Queens College, City University of New York, and a M.A. in Art History from Johns Hopkins University.


Links to the application will be available on our website beginning April 1. Applications must be submitted using the online forms, no mailed or in-person applications will be accepted.

ABOUT THE WARHOL REGIONAL REGRANTING PROGRAM: The Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other public facing projects. 516 ARTS’ creation of the Fulcrum Fund is the result of the Warhol Foundation’s efforts to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is the highest. The other nine regranting programs, developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco, have together funded more than 240 projects over the past six years. http://warholfoundation.org/grant/regranting.html

To receive notifications and information on the Fulcrum Fund, email: Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Program Manager, at claude@516arts.org.