Info Session

at Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe
Free and open to the public.

516 ARTS invites those interested in applying to the Fulcrum Fund to attend a free informational session in Santa Fe. The info session covers an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, examples of past selected proposals from last year’s grant recipients, and practical information about developing your project budget and other logistics. Read more about the Fulcrum Fund below.


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.


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. See FAQ.


516 ARTS Fulcrum Fund Juror Kerry DoyleKERRY 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.


unnamed 2RENÉ 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.

unnamed 3LOWERY 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.


Visit the Fulcrum Fund application webpage where you'll find more information on the submission process and can download the application.
Completed applications must be emailed to with “Your Name, Fulcrum Fund Submission” in the asubject line before 11:59pm on August 1, 2017.

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, MinneapolisNew Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco, have together funded more than 240 projects over the past six years.


Frequently Asked Questions

View and download PDF of FAQ

Who is eligible?
Visual artists and collectives living and working within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque are encouraged to apply. Commercial businesses and non-profit arts organizations are NOT eligible.

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
No, but the artist/lead organizer must have a social security number in order to receive payment of the award. Additional collaborators and/or participants do not need to be U.S. citizens or have social security numbers.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund support?
The Fulcrum Fund is expressly interested in visual art including: public art projects/site specific installations, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, artist residencies, film screenings, curatorial projects and exhibitions that highlight unconventional artistic practice, workshops, multimedia, video and photo projects.

What types of projects are NOT eligible?
Projects for which the lead artist lives outside of the 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, an individual artist’s studio practice, projects that are a part of a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s programming, projects proposed by students, and projects that do not have a public component will not be considered.

What is the maximum funding amount I can request for my project?
You may request any amount between $2,000 and $5,000.

How many grants will you give out?
Funding will be awarded to between 12-20 applicants.

How will the awards be selected?
516 ARTS is inviting three jurors (comprised of regionally and nationally recognized curators and arts professionals), who will review the submissions and select the grantees.

If my proposal is selected, how will I receive the money?
A check will be distributed directly to the applicant in his or her name, or in the case of a collective or group, a lead artist/organizer. All applicants will be responsible for any taxes associated with the award. 516 ARTS does not provide tax advice.

In the case that multiple individuals are affiliated with the project collectively, who should be designated as the lead artist? The lead artist will be the primary contact and the main administrator for the grant application in the event of an award. Since the lead artist will be responsible for receiving the check, she/he will also be responsible for the additional dispersal of funds to collaborators and paying any income taxes owed as a result of receiving the grant. The lead artist does not need to be a U.S. citizen, though must have a social security number and reside within 80 miles of Albuquerque.

Is it possible to apply for a grant to purchase equipment?
Equipment purchase or rental can be included as an expense in the project budget as a part of a larger project; however, applications submitted for the sole purpose of acquiring equipment will not be considered.

Can I apply for a grant to fund general operating expenses for a new or existing art space?
Yes. Examples of general operating expenses associated with the launch of a new arts space or the support of an existing arts space include: rent, utilities, artist/designer fees, materials, supplies, administrative fees and promotional materials.

Can I apply for a project that has already started?
Yes, projects that seek to expand their reach or are considered “ongoing” can be considered. Keep in mind that the Fulcrum Fund will not allocate resources to finished projects or support individuals looking to document pre-existing or finished projects.

Should artist fees be factored into my budget?
Yes. If your project requires you to compensate your collaborators, participants or yourself, you should include those expenses in your budget.

Can I apply for funding to cover my total budget, or am I expected to secure matching or additional funding?
You may apply for a grant for full or partial funding of your overall budget. Additional funding sources are great, though not required.

Can I apply to support a web-based project?
Yes, web-based projects are eligible, as long as the artist applying for funding lives within an 80 miles of Albuquerque. Additional collaborators can be from anywhere.

If I’m proposing a project or exhibition that requires a venue space, does it need to be confirmed by the time I submit an application?
No, but it would be helpful to describe the kinds of spaces that you envision would be appropriate for your project. The venue cannot be 516 ARTS and the project cannot be part of another venue’s exhibition program.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund recognize?
The Fulcrum Fund recognizes a wide range of projects and activities such as: a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an 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 film screenings and more. In general, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to create opportunities for the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that foster collaboration and are open to the public.

I don't have any images that are representative of my proposed project. What kinds of visual aids should I include as part of my application?
Applicants should submit work samples that represent the plans for realizing the proposed project. This could include previous work samples of artists who will be presented, mock-ups, plans and schematics for a site-specific project or documentation of past projects that are similar.

What are the requirements for reporting?
Grantees will be expected to submit documentation upon the completion of the proposed project and complete an evaluation of the project.

To receive notifications and information on the Fulcrum Fund, email: Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Program Manager, at