Grantees 2019

Small Town, Turn Away

Medina, Dolissa

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

A documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s Mexican-American border hometown of Brownsville, Texas 30 years after she left as a queer teenager, following in the footsteps of a cousin who died from AIDS. Meditating on home, history and migration, the director explores how place can exile and embrace. Read More

Uprooted

Nazari, Zahra

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Uprooted, a painting exhibition by Zahra Nazari is a spotlight on the lives of immigrants through the unique lens of Nazari’s abstract art style. Read More

Cold Sweat

Nyoka, Wi-Moto

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

A chilling coming-of-age anthology about making it to high school in one piece. Read More

The Purge: Vanishing America’s Minority Voters – Palast Investigative Fund

Palast Investigative Fund

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Greg Palast and his team uncover vote theft, through undercover investigative journalism, documenting the crimes for film and print with support from the Puffin Foundation. Read More

Cowboys (stars)

Pioneers Go East Collective

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Cowboys (stars) is a short film documentary featuring the compelling story of activist and drag performance artist Agosto Machado. Agosto regales us with a tapestry of stories from the Gay Liberation Movement, Stonewall, and firsthand descriptions of activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Read More

NYC: Struggles and Survival Strategies

Rubenstein, Judith

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

This booklet is to introduce New Yorkers to each other.  My political hope is that if we see each other as compatriots in the struggle, we will join in addressing the real powers that keep us all down. I narrate my rambling around NYC, describing, in words and prints, struggling New Yorkers. Read More

I Pledge Allegiance

Sabater, Annette

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

I Pledge Allegiance is a response to the divisions and need for unity in our country. Various themes are rendered in oil pastel and graphite on paper. Collage works made from prints of the original pieces will represent unity. This exhibit is scheduled for September 2020 in Portland Oregon. Read More

The Feminist Strip Club

Sheets, Monica

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

The Feminist Strip Club is a group of current and former erotic dancers who explore the present conditions of and utopian visions for stripping. We hold events, make performances, publish zines, and more. Read More

I Can Only Imagine

Sklar, Hannah

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Through mixed media ceramic sculptures and layered graphite drawings, I attempt to dismantle visual norms of social categorization, pertaining to the performance of gender. I utilize abstraction as a way to create an undefined spectrum of beauty—A boundless queer abstraction. Read More

WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS: The Gun Show

Space One Eleven

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Under the banner of the state motto, “We dare defend our rights,” some Alabamians defend rights for gun ownership, while others defend rights for safety from gun violence. Space One Eleven has invited ten artists to exhibit artwork in response to this issue. Read More

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