The Platforms Fund is a collaborative effort of Antenna, Ashé Cultural Art Center, and Pelican Bomb to provide support for the development and presentation of self-organized artistic projects in and around New Orleans. The Platforms Fund seeks to emphasize New Orleans’ historical characteristics of creativity, collaboration, and resiliency, while pushing the boundaries of where community engagement and the dissemination of creative ideas can intersect.
For a full list of guidelines and important application dates, please visit: http://platformsfund.org/application/
The Platforms Fund will provide grants of up to $5000 to a diverse array of artist-driven projects that are ambitious, accessible, and experimental in nature. It is our hope that projects that receive support expand the arts ecosystem of the New Orleans region by charting unmapped territory in the structures and production of artistic projects.
In addition to the grants for projects with an already strong concept and plan of execution, the Platforms Fund will also award a small number of research and development grants in the amount of $1500 each for projects in their earliest stages. These funds can be used to support the time and process necessary to propose an innovative and feasible project. For example, one might conduct interviews or fieldwork, explore production options, or pilot a larger event. Research and development grantees will be eligible to apply for up to $3500 in the next grant cycle to help actualize their projects.
A total of $60,000 in grants will be distributed in 2017.