The Foundation for Arts Initiatives gives grants to individuals for travel and research and to institutions for general activities and projects.
Below are some of the individuals and institutions that we are currently supporting.
ARCHIVE ROLANDO CASTELLÓN is a project dedicated to cataloging and preserving the work of Nicaraguan artist, curator and cultural activist Rolando Castellón. After co-founding Galería de la Raza in San Francisco and serving as its first director (1969-71), he was invited to launch the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Museum Intercommunity Exchange” (M.I.X.) program in 1972 based on his close ties to the Latino, Chicano, African American, and Asian communities. In 1994 he became the first chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) in Costa Rica, where he was influential in encouraging research of Central American art.
CASA DO POVO is an autonomous space in São Paulo that acts as a place of memory and a cultural center in harmony with contemporary art and thought. Parallel to its regular process-oriented programming and socially-engaged activities, CASA DO POVO has developed a platform to discuss critical management with social movements and arts initiatives, from Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra to Beta-Local. It also continues to be home to neighborhood associations, art collectives, and other groups, fostering micropolitical resistance and the rise of a common space.
DEPO, founded in 2008, is a space for culture, arts and critical debate located in a former warehouse in Istanbul. It focuses on art practices that deal with social issues by collaborating with artists, artist collectives, and civic and cultural organizations from Turkey, neighboring countries and Europe. Programs include exhibitions, screenings, and discussions related to human rights, politics of memory, cultural diversity, art, and activism. DEPO has been publishing the online journal Red Thread since 2009.
EspIRA (Espacio para la Investigación y Reflexión Artística) is an arts and education center based in Managua since 2005. As a space of encounter and discussion for younger artists from all over Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama), it provides opportunities for collective and critical education based on research, reflection and practice. EspIRA’s “Cernir y discernir” (Sift and Discern) project is an inquiry into the origin, development, and outcomes of the current situation in Nicaragua through discussions, theoretical research, and arts practice.
IDEA arts + society is a magazine based in Cluj. Founded in 2003 by artists, philosophers, writers and curators working from the beginning in an intercultural context and with a desire for shared social sensibilities, IDEA has been a vehicle for establishing critical context, connections, solidarity and a sense of community from the joint commitment for art and a better life.
INSTITUTE OF RADICAL IMAGINATION is a nonprofit think tank whose fundamental purpose is to develop and coordinate programmatic content on post-capitalism in Europe’s South and around the Mediterranean by hosting symposia, colloquia, forums, and reading groups. The Institute has focused on six post-capitalist areas, namely, economies of the commons; de-commodification of work and labor commoning; legalization of the commons; citizenship in the commons; architecture of the commons; and radical pedagogy.
KUDA.ORG is a collective dedicated to activism, art, and politics. Founded in 2001 in Novi Sad, kuda.org brings together artists, theoreticians, media activists, researchers, and the wider public to encourage acts of critique and resistance to the commodification of art production. It fosters open dialogue, experimental education, collaboration and research, and open access to different knowledge resources. With a wide network of collaborating cultural institutions and individuals, locally, in Serbia, in the region and internationally, kuda.org co-established “Youth Center CK13,” an autonomous space dedicated to activism, self-organization and independent cultural production, and is closely collaborating with Group for Conceptual Politics – GKP on theoretical research projects, publishing, and the politics of housing.
NEUE NACHBARSCHAFT / MOABIT (New Neighborhood / Moabit), a volunteer neighborhood initiative founded in Berlin in 2013 by Marina Naprushkina, has created a social and artistic platform for sharing, learning, and engaging with refugees and displaced persons through language, art and cooking classes, as well as readings, concerts, and talks. Moabit Mountain College: An Open Arts School expands the current internal groups into regular public learning communities, bringing together academics and professional artists with autodidacts and self-taught artists to make art and social engagement freely available to a diverse community.
OFF-BIENNALE 2020 is an international contemporary art event, based in Budapest. The largest civil, independent arts initiative in Hungary, it is a self-organized and voluntary collaboration of artists, curators, cultural and civic organizations, galleries and students. The non-traditional format of the OFF-Biennale aims to strengthen the local independent art scene outside of state-run institutions and government funding, to participate in the social discourse on public issues, and to enhance the formation of new grassroots alliances and networks on a large scale.
WHAT, HOW & FOR WHOM/WHW is a curatorial collective formed in 1999 in Zagreb and Berlin. Its members are Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić, and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW directs Gallery Nova in Zagreb and organizes a range of international exhibition, production and publishing projects. It has been intensively developing models based on a collective way of working, collaboration between partners of different backgrounds, and involvement with local advocacy platforms. In the autumn of 2018, WHW launched a new art study program in Zagreb for emerging artists called WHW Akademija that, fosters new forms of self-determination for participants by offering access to conflicting ideas and opinions and by encouraging trial and error.
ANABELLA AVECEDO is an independent academic working in Quetzaltenango since 2005. ROSINA CAZALI is an art critic and independent curator from Guatemala City. Cazali and Avecedo established Proyecto Laica, a trans-disciplinary project space focusing on open debate in nontraditional settings and media, editorial production in various formats, and academic research.
DÓRA HEGYI is a curator and critic based in Budapest. Between 1996 and 2003, she worked as a curator at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, where she initiated a project space in 1999. Since 2005, she is the director of tranzit.hu in Budapest. She curates and initiates exhibitions, discursive, educational, research and publication projects that consider art as a field of approaches that can mediate between different ways of knowledge production. During the years of its existence tranzit.hu has reflected on structural needs of the art and cultural scene in Hungary and mediated between grassroots and institutional, local and international, as well as across different interdisciplinary contexts. Considering the art field and its actors parts of the constantly re-building civil society, she directs the organization in a self-reflective mode.
BANU KARACA is an anthropologist who has written about the entrenchment of art in state violence, the visualization of gendered memories of war and political violence, freedom of expression in the arts, and visual literacy. Her current research explores how the looting and dispossessing of art in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic has shaped the writing of post-Ottoman art histories. She is the co-founder of Siyah Bant, a research platform that documents censorship in the arts.