The Idea Fund Grant Recipient Showcase
JooYoung Choi’s Round 8 (2016) "The Snow People Travel to Texas Initiative" was a collaborative interactive project with a set of Snow People puppets that were distributed to six Houstonians who were their caretakers for summer 2016. Through the construction and distribution of snow puppets, this project explored how imaginative play objects can enhance lives.
Tony Day, Lina Dib and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson’s Round 7 (2015) "Fossilized in Houston" project created a means for Houston artists to contribute to an enhanced awareness about this issue, and hopefully push decision-makers in energy companies, city planners and individual citizens to reconsider collectively destructive yet normative behaviors.
"The Beauty Box" was a Round 5 (2013) project by Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle who transformed an abandoned portion of a building into an installation and gallery space illuminating a particular time in an average Third Ward home prior to integration and hosted artist talks, round table discussions and other public events.
The Idea Fund
The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships in the greater Houston area. Grant recipients receive funding for projects that exemplify unconventional, participatory or social practice, conceptual, innovative or entrepreneurial, or activist artistic practices. Grants are competitive and awarded by a panel consisting of arts professionals from around the country and a past Idea Fund grant recipient.