2018 Fulcrum Fund Call for Proposals Open

2018 Fulcrum Jurors WEBSITE

Deadline: August 1, 11:59pm

Link to the 2018-2019 Application  

The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program, now in its third year, created 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 is now open, and the deadline is August 1, 2018. The guest jurors are Louise Martorano (Executive Director, RedLine, Denver), Nancy Marie Mithlo (Visiting Scholar, UCLA Institute of American Cultures American Indian Center) and Hamza Walker (Executive Director, LAXART, Los Angeles).

This year, the Fulcrum Fund will provide grants of $2,000 to $10,000 (increased from the maximum of $5,000 last year) totaling $60,000. These awards support the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that generate meaningful shared experiences and are created in a collaborative spirit. Examples of funded projects are new exhibitions or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an experimental arts venue or collective, public art projects, one-time events and performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, online projects, artist residencies and film festivals, to name a few.

This grant opportunity 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. It is intended to be a springboard for artistic processes that are experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that may not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.

The Fulcrum Fund is one of 11 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in BaltimoreChicagoHoustonKansas CityMiamiMinneapolis,  New OrleansPortland (OR)Portland (ME) and San Francisco have altogether has supported well over 350 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 3.4 million dollars.

2018-2019 GUEST JURORS

Louise Martorano

Louise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-profit contemporary art center and artist residency located in Denver, Colorado. Under her leadership, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 & 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, and recognition from Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship for leadership from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Martorano has also worked in the film industry producing and fundraising for independent films that have received international festival recognition in Dallas, Austin, Poland, and Denver. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Design program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, is the Board Treasurer for the Global Women’s Empowerment Fund, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harmony Hammond Trust. 

Nancy Marie Mithlo

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) is a UCLA Institute of American Cultures, American Indian Center Visiting Scholar, a Howard Foundation Fellow and a Getty Research Institute Guest Researcher. Mithlo’s curatorial work has resulted in nine exhibits at the Venice Biennale. A life-long educator, Mithlo has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, Smith College, California Institute for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her forthcoming book Knowing Native Arts will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Hamza Walker

Hamza Walker is the Executive Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. In 2017 he co-curated (with Catherin Taft) Reconstitution, a group exhibition mounted at LAXART. In 2016 he co-curated (with Aram Moshayedi) Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, and in 2015 he curated A Painting is a Painting isn’t a Painting at the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco.

2017 jurors were: Kerry Doyle, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso; René Morales, Pérez Art Museum, Miami; and Lowery Stokes Sims, Ph.D., independent curator and retired Curator Emerita, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York.

2016 jurors were: Romi Crawford, Ph.D., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Al Miner, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Joey Reyes, Movimento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana (MACLA), San Jose, California.

Download the 2016-2017 Fulcrum Fund Catalog to view the 2016 and 2017 grant recipients and learn more about the Fulcrum Fund


Images: 2018 Guest Jurors - Louise Martorano; Nancy Marie Mithlo, photo by Photo by Julien McRoberts; Hamza Walker, photo by Esteban Pulido