The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is pleased to announce the fifteenth round of funding for artist-centered projects. 

The Idea Fund will provide 12 grants of $5,000 each to individual artists or collectives in the Greater Houston Area. The grants will support innovative, experimental, public-facing visual art projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, or exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with community. The application portal is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm (CST)

Funded proposals will take innovative approaches to the urgent questions of our moment and create lasting impacts on its intended communities. The Idea Fund seeks to exemplify equity, display artistic originality, and propel artistic growth. 

The Idea Fund grantees are selected by a three person jury panel. Key considerations for applications will include the: artistic and creative strength of the proposed project; overall vision of the applicant; capacity of the applicant to realize the project; accessibility of the resulting project to the public as either an in-person or online event, project, program; and commitment to serving a local community.

Individuals and collectives are eligible to apply. Applicants are invited to attend one of three online Info Sessions to learn more about the application process and how The Idea Fund will support Greater Houston area artists.

For more info on how you can apply, including eligibility guidelines, and frequently asked questions, please visit www.theideafund.org.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Geographic Eligibility: 

The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, Austin, or Montgomery.

Info Sessions:

Monday, September 13, 1:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Tuesday, October 14, 4:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Saturday, November 6, 2:30 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required


HOW TO APPLY?
Applications must be completed online via Submittable.
The online application will prompt you to provide the following:
• Project Summary & Description (sample application)
• Resume/CV
• Budget & Budget Description (sample budget)
• Five Work Samples
Work samples may be related to the proposed project or representative of previous works. The Idea Fund accepts the following work sample formats: jpegs, video links (via Vimeo), audio files, and Word documents (or PDFs). JPGs should be no larger than 1 MB.


Applicants must state how their project is related to contemporary visual arts.
If you are having trouble with the application and or need assistance on how to submit please feel free to contact: info@theideafund.org.

WHO CAN APPLY?
The Idea Fund supports individual artists, artist-curators, collectives, or collaboratives with an emphasis on new projects developed by Black, Indigenous, and POC lead organizers. If applying as a group, the collective or collaborative can be long-standing or created specifically for the project. The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED?
Project activities must function primarily within, or have a strong connection to the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, film/video, photography, textiles, ceramics, cross-disciplinary, public art, new media, and digital processes etc.)
Here are some types of projects that have been awarded in the past and/or fit within our mission/vision:

  • The work of an individual artist, a collective or temporary association of artists
  • A project of a temporary or permanent artist-run space
  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
  • An exhibition that has a strong public component (i.e., projects which involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
  • Publications of creative writing, including printed matter, and online publications
  • A public event, performance, or intervention
  • A screening, lecture, or workshop series
  • Site-specific installations
  • Web-based projects
  • Audio, video, and photo projects
  • Online/virtual engagement.
  • Social practice-based projects
  • Community events

Projects must adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved; this includes wearing masks, providing space for social distancing, and limiting groups to the size authorized by the Texas Department of Health and Houston’s Mayor’s Office.

HOW WILL PROJECTS BE REVIEWED?
All proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The artistic and creative strength of the proposed project
  • The overall vision of the applicant(s)
  • The capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the project
  • The accessibility of the resulting project to the public as either an in-person and online event, project, program.
  • The project’s demonstration of community support and commitment to serving a local constituency

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of jurors composed of artists and arts professionals.

ABOUT THE IDEA FUND AND REGIONAL REGRANTING PROGRAM:

The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is pleased to announce the sixteenth round of funding for artist-centered projects.

The Idea Fund will provide 12 grants of $5,000 each to individual artists or collectives in the Greater Houston Area. The grants will support innovative, experimental, public-facing visual art projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, or exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with community. The application portal is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 11:59 pm (CST)


                                           APPLICATION DETAILS & QUESTIONS

Grant Amount: $5,000
Geographic Eligibility:
The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, Austin, or Montgomery.


LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO APPLY AT ONE OF OUR INFO SESSIONS:

Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Friday, October 14, 12:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Tuesday, November 1, 10:00 AM, Via Zoom - Registration Required


WHO CAN APPLY?
The Idea Fund supports individual artists, artist-curators, collectives, or collaboratives with an emphasis on new projects developed by Black, Indigenous, and POC lead organizers. If applying as a group, the collective or collaborative can be long-standing or created specifically for the project. The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.
Individuals and collectives are eligible to apply. Applicants are invited to attend one of three online Info Sessions to learn more about the application process and how The Idea Fund will support Greater Houston area artists.


HOW TO APPLY?

Applications must be completed online via Submittable

 The online application will prompt you to provide the following: 

• Project Summary & Description  

• Resume/CV 

• Budget & Budget Description (sample budget) 

• Five Work Samples 

Work samples may be related to the proposed project or representative of previous works. The Idea Fund accepts the following work sample formats: jpegs, video links (via Vimeo), audio files, and Word documents (or PDFs). JPGs should be no larger than 1 MB. 

Applicants must state how their project is related to contemporary visual arts. If you are having trouble with the application and or need assistance on how to submit please feel free to contact: info@theideafund.org.


WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED?
Project activities must function primarily within, or have a strong connection to the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, film/video, photography, textiles, ceramics, cross-disciplinary, public art, new media, and digital processes etc.)
Here are some types of projects that have been awarded in the past and/or fit within our mission/vision:

  • The work of an individual artist, a collective or temporary association of artists
  • A project of a temporary or permanent artist-run space
  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
  • An exhibition that has a strong public component (i.e., projects which involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
  • Publications of creative writing, including printed matter, and online publications
  • A public event, performance, or intervention
  • A screening, lecture, or workshop series
  • Site-specific installations
  • Web-based projects
  • Audio, video, and photo projects
  • Online/virtual engagement.
  • Social practice-based projects
  • Community events

Projects must adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved; this includes wearing masks, providing space for social distancing, and limiting groups to the size authorized by the Texas Department of Health and Houston’s Mayor’s Office. 

Awarded proposals will take innovative approaches to the urgent questions of our moment and create lasting impacts on its intended communities. The Idea Fund seeks to exemplify equity, display artistic originality, and propel artistic growth. 


WHO REVIEWS THE APPLICATIONS?
The Idea Fund grantees are selected by a three person jury panel. Key considerations for applications will include the: artistic and creative strength of the proposed project; overall vision of the applicant; capacity of the applicant to realize the project; accessibility of the resulting project to the public as either an in-person or online event, project, program.

For more information please visit www.theideafund.org.

APPLY FOR A STUDIO VISIT WITH FALL 2022 DIVERSE DISCOURSE LECTURER:

DANIELA LIEJA QUINTANAR

LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS, CHIEF CURATOR AND DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Artists working in all disciplines, including those with performance or multi-disciplinary practices, are encouraged to apply.

STUDIO VISIT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022

  • application closes Monday, October 3. 
  • Artists are chosen for studio visits by the visiting lecturer and will be contacted by DiverseWorks for scheduling.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must reside or work in Harris County
  • Must NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program (ie BFA or MFA)

To apply you will need:

  • Documentation of your work or work sample checklist (.JPG, PDF, DOC, and/or VIDEO LINKS)
  • A resume or C.V.
  • Artist statement (optional, no more than one page or 500 words)


ABOUT DANIELA LIEJA QUINTANAR

Daniela Lieja Quintanar (Mexico City, 1984) is LACE Chief Curator and Director of Programming. She works between Los Angeles and Mexico, emphasizing contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life. She curated Intergalactix:against isolation/contra el aislamiento, an awarded exhibition and research project by Mike Kelley Foundation and Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship. She was part of the curatorial team of MexiCali Biennial 2018-19. She served as Project Coordinator and Contributing Curatorial Advisor for Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in the 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Getty PST:LA/LA initiative. In 2016, she worked with artist Teresa Margolles for her contribution La Sombra to the Public Art Biennial CURRENT: LA Water. In 2016, she was Research Assistant for the exhibition The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930 of the Getty Research Institute, PST:LA/LA. She organized with LACE La Pista de Baile by Colectivo am, as part of the Getty/Redcat PST: Live Art LA/LA Performance Festival. She curated Unraveling Collective Forms (2019); CAVERNOUS: Young Joon Kwak & Mutant Salon (2018) and Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language (2018 co-curated with Essence Harden); home away from by Jimena Sarno (2017), El Teatro Campesino (1965-1975), (2017 co-curated with Samantha Gregg) at LACE, Between Words and Silence: The Work of Translation and Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era at the Armory Center for the Arts (both 2017, co-curated with Chief Curator Irene Tsatsos), and Acciones Territoriales (Territorial Acts) at the Museo Ex Teresa in Mexico City (2014). Lieja holds a BA in Ciencias de la Cultura from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, and an MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California.


FALL 2022 DIVERSE DISCOURSE LECTURE

Join DiverseWorks in the Gallery at MATCH on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. for the Fall 2022 Diverse Discourse Lecture: Curatorial practices for those at the center or edge of the spiral with Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Chief Curator & Director of Programming, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).


ABOUT DIVERSE DISCOURSE

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers. Previous lecturers have included Sonia Guiñansaca, Managing Director, Culturestrike, Candice Hopkins, Independent Curator & Writer; Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art, Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, New York, NY, Drew Klein, Performing Arts Director, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator-at-Large, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, among others.

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