The Idea Fund Round 14 Applications Open!

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:
ASHLEY DEHOYOS,
CURATOR, DIVERSEWORKS
INFO@THEIDEAFUND.ORG

The Idea Fund Round 14 Applications Open!
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Apply Now!

(Houston, TX, September 21, 2020) - 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.

Application Timeline:
Application Portal is Now Open
Deadline: November 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CT)

Apply Now!
Grant Amount: $5,000

Geographic Eligibility: The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.

Info Sessions
Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required
Tuesday, November 10, 2019, 4:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

ABOUT THE IDEA FUND AND REGIONAL REGRANTING PROGRAM:
The Idea Fund is 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.

The Idea Fund provides grants for artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices. In response to the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2020, The Idea Fund shifted it’s Round 13 awards from project grants to emergency relief grants, awarding 65 $1,000 grants to artists in need across the Greater Houston Area.

The Idea Fund is one of sixteen re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), and San Francisco, that provide grants for the creation and public presentation of new work. The Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program, launched in 2007, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar and self-organized artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program reaches a sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives, and supports their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events, and other projects. Together, this network of programs has funded more than 800 artists projects.

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