The Contemporary is pleased to announce the second round of grantees of the Grit Fund. In 2016, the Grit Fund received over 70 applications and awarded $67,000 to 13 projects with grants ranging from $2,171 to $6,000. Awards were determined by a five-person jury of national arts leaders: Natalie Campbell (Washington D.C.), Ryan Dennis (Houston, TX), Kimberly Drew (New York, NY), Dave Eassa (Baltimore, MD), and Jackie Milad (Baltimore, MD). The Contemporary would like to congratulate this year’s grantees: 'sindikit; Acres Issue 4: Video Series; BALTI GURLS: "Self Care" "Exposure" and "Practice" Programming Series; Ceramic Workshops at The Rec Room; Current Space; Good News Baltimore Collaborative Arts & Research Environment; Hack the Patriarchy; KAHLON: the Festival; La Bodega Collective; Oak Hill Reconstruction Workbook; Peace Love Camera; True Laurels; and XXChange: A showcase of self-identifying artists, designers, and makers in Baltimore.
The Grit Fund supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore's arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. Established with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and bolstered in this round with additional support from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Grit Fund encourages projects that generate opportunities and create platforms for artists to engage with each other and with the public. Funded activities could include but are not limited to: exhibitions, publications, public events, public art, film screenings, the ongoing work of an existing arts venue or collective, and the founding of a new arts venue or collective.
The next Grit Fund round will open on December 6th, 2016.
About the Grantees
'sindikit by Zöe Charlton and Tim Doud; funded $6000. ‘sindikit is a project space to support experimental work, practice-based research, and a site for conversations. Housed within Area 405, in the growing Station North Arts District, 'sindikit adds to the already vital and growing creative community in of Baltimore and the greater DC metro area. The Grit Fund supports a year of general operation and programming—including 6 exhibitions and several community driven events with artists and arts supporters.
Acres Issue 4: Video series
Acres Issue 4: Video series by Danielle Criqui, Jasmine Sarp, and Marian Blair; funded $5000. Acres is a Baltimore based curatorial project that has been self-publishing an annual arts and culture magazine since 2013. The Grit Fund will support Acres expand upon its next issue by producing a video mini-doc series that takes a closer look at the artists, entrepreneurs, and thinkers that make up Baltimore’s current cultural landscape.
BALTI GURLS: "Self Care" "Exposure" and "Practice" Programming Series by Jenne Afiya, Khadija Nia Adell, Ashley Chambers, Christianna Clark, N'Deye Diakhate, and Alejandra Nune; funded $5000. BALTI GURLS is an art squad of black and brown female-identified artists with a particular focus on new media and cross-disciplinary practice. Their mission is to create a community of like-minded folks, IRL and URL. The Grit Fund allows BALTI GURLS to curate a three part series of community events. Structured around the themes of “Self-Care” “Exposure” and “Practice”, these events will further the collective’s programming goal of providing “creative safe space” for women of color. All events will be professionally documented, archived, and made publicly available online. A limited edition print zine will also be compiled and made available via a public zine release event. An online version will also be available on the collective’s site.
Ceramic Workshops at The Rec Room
Ceramic Workshops at The Rec Room by Christina Haines and Maggie Fitzpatrick; funded $5480. The Rec Room is an artist-run interdisciplinary arts center located in East Baltimore. With the help of the Grit fund, The Rec Room will offer a series of affordable ceramic workshops, catering to local artists seeking access to shared studio equipment and classroom space.
Current Space by Michael Benevento, Andrew Liang, Monique Crabb; funded $6000. Current Space is an interdisciplinary, experimental, volunteer artist-run gallery, studio, and performance space. For the past 11 years, Current Space has occupied vacant city-owned property, but are presently negotiating for ownership of their building and a neighboring property on Howard Street. The Grit Fund supports a year of general operations and programming–including 18 exhibitions, 5-10+ outdoor performance events, festivals, and affordable studios/facilities–while Current Space puts the bulk of their resources towards securing these buildings permanently.
Good News Baltimore Collaborative Arts & Research Environment
Good News Baltimore Collaborative Arts & Research Environment by Tobore Sefia, Jamar Jones, Brian Dawkins; funded $5000. Good News Baltimore (GNB) is a magazine-style web series produced by Six Point Pictures that features thought-provoking documentaries, inspiring narratives, informative interviews, and exhilarating musical performances. With the Grit Fund, GNB is planning to convert a portion of its studio space currently used for storage into an operational environment for creativity and community involvement. The Collaborative Arts & Research Environment (CARE) project will be an art, culture, exhibition and research space established with the purpose of sharing knowledge and perspectives in an open environment that promotes creative collaboration, exploration, and ultimately invites people to celebrate the arts in a historically neglected portion of southwest Baltimore.
Hack the Patriarchy
Hack the Patriarchy by Katie Duffy, Jordan Bradley, Jose Andres Rosero, Amanda Agricola, and Mateo Marquez; funded $4120. Hack the Patriarchy is a week long Baltimore-wide hackathon focusing on creating experimental design apps and interfaces which tackle issues of gender, race and orientation. With help from the Grit Fund, the hackathon will be open to all self described artists and will be supplemented by a series of design and development crash courses.
KAHLON: the Festival
KAHLON: the Festival by Abdu Eaton, Johnny Rogers, Theresa Chromati, Lawrence Burney, and Ale Nune; funded $6000. KAHLON is a bimonthly music and performance showcase that creates platforms for . It’s also supported by a visual team that includes projection artist Jedicom and digital designer Theresa Chromati. The Grit Fund grant will contribute to furthering Kahlon’s impact and reach by taking the event to the next level and making it an annual festival.
La Bodega Collective
La Bodega Collective by Vincent Seadler, Margo Elsayd, Camillo Pierera, Delaney Cate, and Erick A. Benitez; funded $2171. La Bodega Collective is a socially conscious collective that operates a multi faceted gallery that aims to blur the line between art and everyday life. The Grit Fund will allow capacity expansion of the space.
Oak Hill Reconstruction Workbook
Oak Hill Reconstruction Workbook by Sean Keelan, Tanya Garcia, Ashley Hufnagel, and Nick Petr; funded $6000. The Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture is a non-traditional school in Baltimore City. The Reconstruction Workbook Project is a collaboration to produce and distribute a free tool for teaching and learning the complex relationship between race and class in the United States based inspired by an examination of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880. The Grit Fund supports the project’s capacity to span three months of public events and result in an exhibition, catalogue, and freely distributed Reconstruction Workbook.
Peace Love Camera
Peace Love Camera by Noah Scialom, Devin Allen, and Dominic Nell; awarded $6000. Peace Love Camera provides underserved and underrepresented populations in Baltimore a platform to share their voices, tell their own stories and break down stereotypes through the medium of photography. With support from The Grit Fund, Peace Love Camera will provide over 100 children at the Kids Safe Zone with daily access to photographic equipment, including digital and film cameras, video cameras, dark rooms for film development and direct artistic mentorship.
True Laurels by Lawrence Burney, Nia Hampton, Antonio Hernandez, Khadija Adel; awarded $5000. True Laurels is a print magazine dedicated to highlighting the most captivating and untapped artists within Baltimore City’s visual and music art scenes. With the Grit Fund, the magazine will be able to produce a greater amount of physical issues, continue to organize events and provide a one-stop destination for Baltimore artists. Previously released on an inconsistent basis due to a lack of funding for production, True Laurels’ aim, going forward, is to be published quarterly with an accompanying free event given for loyal and prospective supporters to get a first look at the magazine before it is made available online and at nationwide stockists.
XXChange: A showcase of self-identifying artists, designers, and makers in Baltimore by Hannah Wides, Breon Gillian, Jorgelina Lopez, and Letta Moore; funded $6000. The Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective is a growing, intersectional feminist group of artists and craftswomen. With support from the Grit Fund, the collective will be organizing an open-source website and XXChange, a month-long art exhibit and series of workshops at Area405. XXChange celebrates self-identified cis and trans* women and genderfluid people who are makers, artists, and designers in Baltimore.