Grant Opportunity for Latinx Artists!

We recently came across this wonderful grant opportunity with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). If you are a Latinx artist, ensemble or organization, consider applying for a grant with NALAC!  

https://www.nalac.org/nfa

There are a few info webinars coming up in August and the deadline to apply to the grant is September 6th, 2018. 

Let us know if you would like us to review your application before submitting! 

xx Kat & Lauren

Meet Alisa Sikelianos-Carter

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"I want to live in a world in which every micro-aggression, attack on humanity, and doubt of divinity aimed at Black Women is destroyed by aggressively Femme, future-sent deities. These Goddesses are completely enveloped and adorned by magnificent cornrows, dreadlocks and twists. The hairstyles act as armor and weapon, protecting and repelling wearers from white supremacy and misogyny. These are the beings I create. My wildest dreams realized; a marriage between the spectral beings we (as Black people) can and will transform into as a result of the culture we currently live in with the majesty, magic and tradition of our ancestors.

These Future Ancestors are my response to, and escape from the many ways
Black bodies are policed and demonized; white america’s historical repulsion to Black
hair and the more contemporary fetishization and appropriation of Black hairstyles
within popular culture. They are the gatekeepers of my rage and sadness, projections of
power and freedom, cast onto an otherworldly reality." - Alisa Sikelianos-Carter

Follow Alisa's work on her Instagram @alisasikelianoscarter or on her website http://www.alisasikelianoscarter.com/

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Collect one of Alisa's hand glittered prints here.

Meet Colin Radcliffe

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"Depicting the afterlife and spiritual entities isn’t fully possible I feel, though I certainly try. It’s like trying to describe what you see in your neighbor's yard by looking only through a tiny hole in the fence. You garner some understanding but you can’t totally comprehend the whole yard. I know the afterlife is there, but I don’t so much have all the answers. I’ve loved and lost so many dear friends, relatives, and strangers. Creating work that dips into the afterlife is a great comfort, and an ode that I want to share with others.

It is inevitable that I will die. Even you, too, will die. Though death is easy, dying is hard. What comes after is easier, escapes logical comprehension, is more colorful, vibrant, and unusual. The afterlife is asomatous, outlasting the physical. It is filled with spiritual beings — angels, demons, our loved ones departed, and all manner of spirits. In life spirits guide the eye, constantly giving us information, hints, clues into our lives and what lies for us after. If you allow yourself to be sufficiently receptive, then the premonitions, omens, dreams, visions, signs, and symbols reveal their inherent significance.

Everything has spiritual significance, whether it relates to events within your life or contains information beyond life, that is determined by the individual. I constantly count things wherever I go, recording anything that seems significant and correlating it with an event later on. The number, color, time, place, and object itself is important to me and finds its way into my work. It is the way I live and the way I create." - Colin J. Radcliffe 

Radcliffe has just curated his first show "Passion Fruit" at the Temporary Storage Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The exhibition is open now until May 4th at the Brooklyn Fireproof building. 

Follow his work on Instagram @colinmemaybe or on her website http://www.colinjradcliffe.com/

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Collect the last artwork available by Colin here.

Meet Alex Patrick Dyck

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Alex Patrick Dyck is a poet and splosh artist. She is a romantic hoarder of sentimental trash and trampled roses, an altar builder, and a memory gatherer. She explores her own vulnerability in her attempts to preserve the inherent fragility of natural objects as they encounter resin, metal, and bodily fluids. The incorporation of obscured and disjointed text is used as a way to both establish intimacy with the viewer as well as to remind us that understanding and language are not identic. The works are constantly decaying and changing in texture and color, a grotesque reminder of our own mortality.

Dyck has curated 12 immersive shows over the last six years with her art gang Noodle Beaches for Meeting Witches. She has shown in NYC, California, Maine, India and Tokyo. She lives in New York.

Check out Alex's handmade goods and apparel on her Etsy page 
Follow her work on Instagram @yokosnoopy or on her website http://alexpatrickdyck.com

 

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Collect Special Edition artwork by Alex here.

Meet Katie Green

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Katie Green is a mixed media artist hailing from Calgary, Alberta, CA. 
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Since graduating with a BFA from University of Calgary in 2014, Katie's artistic career has expanded to take on various forms with a unified interest in how artistic practice can create social interaction and a sense of cohesion. She has explored this by embracing the strength of collaborative relationships, integrating community voice, and taking her practice into the public realm.

Her work is diverse, from large-scale public mural installations, relief sculpture, and most recently
mask and puppetry. She is interested in how public work alters the landscape of an individual’s
community - not only through the physical transformation of a mundane object (may it be a
wall, a structure, or a found object for a mask) but more importantly, the way they construct
that community in their minds. With the unexpected outcome of observing how creating work
in and with the public can change the way people interact with their surrounding environment,
she sees a great opportunity to make creative practice more inclusive.

Follow her work on Instagram @katiegreenart and on her website http://katiegreenartist.com/

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Collect EXCLUSIVE artwork by Katie (only available through our Fractured Atlas Campaign!) here.

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