Support for artist-driven projects with an emphasis on cultural and social equity
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, announces it’s fourteenth round of funding for artist-generated and artist-centered projects that will be realized in 2021. The Idea Fund is committed to supporting cultural equity in the arts and has reimagined funding for 2020. Round 14 will support artist-driven projects with an emphasis on cultural and social equity. The application portal is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, November 16, 2020. For Round 14, The Idea Fund will award 12 visual arts project grants in the amount of $5,000 each for community-driven, collaborative, or social practice-based initiatives that contribute to local activism and movement-building through the arts in the Greater Houston Area. This year’s Idea Fund seeks to support new projects developed by Black, Indigenous, and POC artists and encourages creative projects that raise awareness of local social and cultural issues, including, but not limited to anti-racism and systemic change in the arts, reparations, decolonization, Black Lives Matter, civil rights, and more. Round 14 envisions artist-led community projects across Houston that serve a dual function as COVID-19 pandemic relief and support for equity and representation of the diverse perspectives of artists and collectives throughout Houston's creative economy. While Round 14 grants are project-based, when developing their budgets, applicants are encouraged to consider their own needs and the needs of their community and potential collaborators, in addition to direct production costs.
Individual artists 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 supports Greater Houston Area artists. For more information and eligibility guidelines please visit www.theideafund.org.
Founded by artists in 1982, DiverseWorks has been a recognized national leader for its ground-breaking programming; as a resource for the innovative and meaningful engagement of communities; as a commissioner of contemporary works in multiple media; and as a force that has shaped contemporary thought and practice in Houston and the nation. DiverseWorks is a leader in the nationwide movement of artist-centered organizations, and is a vital presence in national organizations such as the National Performance Network, the Visual Artists Networks, the National Association of Artists’ Organizations, and the National Dance Project.