The Contemporary Announces Round 2 of the Grit Fund

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.

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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.

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