PHDC Announces First Round of ART IS ESSENTIAL Awardees
CONTACT: Jamila Davis, Jamila.Davis@phila.gov
PHILADELPHIA, PA-March 1, 2021
Today PHDC, through PRA’s Fund for Art and Civic Engagement, with support from the Knight Foundation, announced the first group of awardees from the ART IS ESSENTIAL initiative to advance to Round 2 of the program.
This program, made possible with $150,000 of public funds and $150,000 from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, supports local artists who are interested in re-imagining community-based public art in Philadelphia. ART IS ESSENTIAL is a first of its kind, multi-rounded program designed to create high-quality, artist-driven and community-informed public art. Local artists from across Philadelphia will reimagine how we engage with each other and our communities.
“We hoped ART IS ESSENTIAL could empower local artists and give voice to anyone who wanted to speak,” said Greg Heller, Senior Vice President of Community Investment, PHDC. “I was so moved when I read and viewed these winning submissions! What beautiful and powerful ideas for rediscovering our communities and ourselves through art. Whether it’s understanding people with disabilities, bringing attention to our gun violence crisis, or celebrating our neighbors, these ideas provide important new avenues to learn from each other and build stronger communities. Congratulations to all of these artists, and we look forward to helping make some of these projects become reality!”
PHDC has selected 45 artists to receive awards of $1,000 each. All artists from this group are eligible to further develop their ideas for additional funding in Round 2: IMPACT.
The artists selected are:
- Alexandra Espinoza
- Ana Mosquera
- Anna Drozdowski
- Annie Liontas
- Annie Wilson
- Bill Green
- Carolyn Chernoff
- Chantal Vorobei Thieves
- Christina Maria Castro-Tauser
- Danielle Brief
- Deanna Mclaughlin
- Donna Oblongata
- Emily Bate
- Heather Raquel Phillips
- Helen Maurene Cooper
- Jacob C Hammes
- JJ Tiziou
- Jungwoong Kim
- Kaitlin Pomerantz and Sean O’Rourke
- Karen Smith
- Katherine Elisabeth Clark
- Kelly McQuain
- Kevin Cook
- Kristal Sotomayor
- Lane Savadove
- Li Sumpter
- Linda Fernandez
- Mama Carla
- Maria Möller
- Mat Tomezsko
- Mehgan Rose Abdel-Moneim
- Michelle Angela Ortiz
- Nina Elizabeth “Lyrispect” Ball
- Owen Lyman-Schmidt
- Sam Tower
- Samantha M Connors
- Sarah Peoples and Emily Erb
- Sheila Zagar
- Shizu Homma
- Team Sunshine Performance Corporation
- Theresa Rose
- Tieshka K Smith
- Yolonda Johnson-Young
Artists selected for Round 1 can apply to Round 2: IMPACT. Application criteria was provided to each artist. The deadline for Round 2: IMPACT is Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Once responses from Round 2 are received and reviewed, 10 awardees will be selected to continue to the final round, Round 3. Round 3 awardees will receive the necessary funds to fully develop their proposed project. Artist advancing to Round 3 will be announced in early summer 2021.
Full program details and more information about awarded artists is available at ART IS ESSENTIALPHL.com.
About ART IS ESSENTIAL
ART IS ESSENTIAL is a first of its kind, multi-round program designed to create high-quality, artist-driven and community-informed public art. Artists from across Philadelphia will reimagine how we engage with each other and our communities. This program, made possible with $150,000 of public funds and $150,000 from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, supports local artists who are interested in expanding public art in Philadelphia. Full program details can be found at ART IS ESSENTIALPHL.com.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
PHDC is Philadelphia’s full-service community development organization. From home repair to financing affordable housing, PHDC preserves and develops housing. PHDC also helps residents, community groups, businesses and developers repurpose vacant land. Each initiative supports amenities that make Philadelphia neighborhoods great places to live.
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Check out our media release announcing ART IS ESSENTIAL