Fulcrum Fund

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516 ARTS announces $60,000 in grants from the 2018 Fulcrum Fund call for 11 local art collaborations selected from 115 applications.

The Fulcrum Fund, now in its third year, is a grant program developed and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 516 ARTS put out a call for proposals for collaborative, experimental projects. Guest jurors from around the country have selected 11 proposals to receive a total of $60,000 from the 115 proposals that were submitted by applicants from 10 cities in an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. The jurors were: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Institute of American Cultures American Indian Center, Los Angeles, CA; Hamza Walker, Executive Director, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; and Louise Martorano, Executive Director, Redline, Denver CO. They selected the following projects:

1000 Tiny Mirrors, Santa Fe  •  Reverence/Rage  •  $10,000
Activating creative spaces for queer/trans/non-binary/two spirit and BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) to portray individual and communal self-determined artistic expressions in a Rock Opera performance, community art-making and a film screening. Collaborators include Mimi Madrid Puga, Allesandra Ogran, Nikesha Breeze, Patricia Trujillo, Rafa Tarin among others.

Autumn Chacon, Albuquerque  •  New Mexico Common Media  •  $6,000
A New Mexican-based, online gallery, featuring a home-grown, independent, artist-centered version of YouTube where viewers can readily access and stream content by community members. In collaboration with Margaret Wright.

Barbara Grothus, Albuquerque  •  BLACK HOLE/Atomic City  •  $5,000
Challenging the dominant nuclear narrative maintained by Los Alamos (and others) for almost 75 years, this project spotlights the artist’s father, “Atomic Ed,” an entrepreneur and creative anti-nuclear activist who created the Black Hole: a business, collection, destination, tourist attraction and curiosity. Collaborators include Erika Wanenmacher, James Hart, Matthew Chase-Daniel and Thomas Powell.

Alicia Inez Guzman, Santa Fe  •  Cafecito Collective  •  $5,000
A QTPOC-first collective focusing on the creativity, wellness and safety of the Norteño community (Santa Fe/Española) by sharing resources and knowledge, organizing toward equity, and making art in their central Santa Fe location on the Railyard. In collaboration with Alicia A. Martinez.

Adam Horowitz, Santa Fe  •  DEUS ATOMICA - ‘ATOMIC GODS’  •  $7,000
A surrealistic, satirical short film based on ‘guerrilla-theater’ public performance events filmed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and elsewhere in New Mexico, revealing the secret mythical, magical, and supernatural forces behind the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos during the making of the first atomic bomb. Collaborators include Isolde Kille, Drew Lenihan, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Willem Malten, Brian Moe, Nick Deamer, Steina Vasulka, Sadaf Cameron, Igor Vamos, Alex Reed, and Meridel Rubenstein among others.

Lena Kassicieh, Albuquerque  •  Daftar Asfar: The Collaborative Sketchbook Project  •  $3,000
A traveling sketchbook conceived from the notion that art should be accessible, a nourishing way of life and a collaborative communal experience. In collaboration with Samantha Andrews.

Erica Lord, Santa Fe  •  Remembering James Luna  •  $6,000
Working with local artists and students from the Institute of American Indian Arts, the artist will create and collaborate on a series of performances, readings an exhibition and a workshop/symposium to honor and learn from the work of the late James Luna.

Lance Ryan McGoldrick, Albuquerque  •  Lost Highways  •  $5,000
A series of static, large-scale sculptures and interactive installations along old highways in New Mexico viewed via road trip as a series of destinations and singular surprises.

Larry Bob Phillips, Albuquerque  •  The FRACKING of Sandoval County  •  $3,000
A 16-page comic depicting the people and dynamics in the fight over resource extraction in the Albuquerque Basin and outlining the history of Rio Rancho and intensifying efforts to exploit petroleum adjacent to the Rio Grande aquifer. In collaboration with Mark LeClaire.

Valerie Roybal, Albuquerque  •  For-Get-Me-Not: Words and Images on Living with Incurable Cancer  •  $3,000
Using images from women of the past as a basis for transformation, the artist visually explores the idea of “wearing” the disease and overtly presenting feeling about the disease—inside out through a book and an exhibition. In collaboration with Martha Carlson.

Scott Williams, Albuquerque  •  Vitrine: An Art Place  •  $7,000
An exhibition and community space in Downtown Albuquerque, run by a collective of three artists dedicated to supporting and cultivating underrepresented artists and providing space for our community to share its artistic and practical skills through art exhibitions, workshops and other events. Collaborators include Anna Reser and Jaime Tillotson.

2018-2019 GUEST JURORS

2018 Fulcrum Jurors WEBSITE

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.

Click here to see the previous Fulcrum Fund receipents 

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


Images: Scott Williams, Vitrine: An Art Place; Erica Lord, Remembering James Luna; The Artifact Piece, Revisited (pictured); Lena Kassicieh, Daftar Asfar