SEED MONEY 2021 GRANT PROGRAM
“Over the past one hundred years, African American artists have used Public Art as a means of publicly communicating ideas, values, hopes, and aspirations…. a symbol of pride, dignity, endurance, and hope. It has served as an alternative vision of history as well as a major medium of social criticism and protest.”
-Floyd Coleman (1939-2018), an African American art historian and painter in Washington, D.C. Coleman was chair of the art department at Howard University.
The Office of Public Art has launched its new rapid response funding program, SEED MONEY. This initiative, devised from the input of Pittsburgh-based artists, administrators, curators and creatives, awards small, expedited, unrestricted grants to Black artists who have a growing interest in the Public Art realm.
SEED MONEY invites Black people-- who identify as artists of any media, collectives, activators, activists and curators, from the greater Pittsburgh region, who want to experiment and expand their career in the Public Art realm, and have yet to receive a Public Art commission over $10,000 for their work-- to apply or nominate a peer for this small grant award.
Through a community nomination process SEED MONEY will award 10 expedited grants to Black artists living in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. Nominated artists will receive awards ranging between $50-$2800 within 30 days of their completed proposal submission.
Applicants and project ideas should be Black-led, founded and centered. Proposed project ideas should be feasible and able to be completed within 3 months. We are interested in funding proposals that take a risk, propose a new work, or begin to develop an early stage idea. We value process over product and believe that these early stage investments will nurture the growth of our artists community.
In addition to their grant award, the 10 SEED MONEY grantees will also be compensated for attending an Office Hours review session with OPA program staff, submitting their proposal on Submittable, and participating on the artist selection anti-panel. They will also receive guidance and support from a number of local and national Black art professionals, philanthropists and recognized artists. All applicants will also receive free access to the Office of Public Art’s Public Art Training Camp in October 2021.
Please nominate an artist of your choice by Friday, September 3rd, 2021 by following the link here: XXX
NORTH CAROLINA BLACK ARTISTS FOR LIBERATION IS A COLLECTIVE OF BLACK ARTISTS AND ARTS WORKERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
The signed North Carolina-based working and originating Black makers, performers, and artists are committed to building an equitable arts and cultural sector. It is our labor, dollars, sweat equity, and culture that make both burgeoning and prestigious North Carolina organizations culturally viable. As educators, volunteers, artists, and essential workers, we recognize that the moment for systemic change is now.
While we understand that culture alone cannot fix systemic racism, culture is strongly connected to racism’s material effects and the violence used against us as Black artists and makers. This is your opportunity to really be the change that we need to see.
You, your organization and your colleagues can contribute to The NC Black Artists for Liberation Project by making a donation H E R E.
But your investment must go beyond your cash donation. Please sign the petition H E R E.
Initiated in 2018 by artist, writer and entrepreneur Jessica Gaynelle Moss, in partnership with Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC, The ABOVEGROUND RAILROAD is a scaffolding artwork that reclaims space, honors ancestors who’ve paved the way, and prepares the next generation of young Black female arts administrators with an opportunity to develop a unique skill set, building upon their existing interests, that prepares them with a successful launching pad for a career in the Arts industry.
In addition to the annual scholarship opportunities available to North Carolinians through a partnership with Elsewhere museum, unrestricted grants of $10,000 will be awarded annually through The Pittsburgh Foundation to three Black students in pursuit of a career in arts administration.
ADVANCING BLACK ARTS IN PITTSBURGH 2021 GRANT PROGRAM
BRAITMAN STUDIO SCHOLARSHIP