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.
COLOMBOSCOPE is a contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Colombo since its inaugural edition in 2013. The festival has worked with a range of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, social theorists and scientific researchers from Sri Lanka and internationally to deliver focused thematic programs for each festival. The 7th edition of Colomboscope in 2021 will take its conceptual framework from artist-poet Cecilia Vicuña’s essay, “Language is Migrant,” to address the fragmented condition of linguistic experience today, as migration creates stories of belonging that are plural, hybrid and unfinished encounters rather than being anchored in a singular geography.
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.
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.
INDONESIAN VISUAL ART ARCHIVE (IVAA), founded in 1995 as the Cemeti Art Foundation, is a non-profit library and archive for visual art studies and research in Yogyakarta. IVAA documents, collects and preserves modern and contemporary art archives of Indonesia, making them publicly accessible through its online archive and at its physical space. IVAA’s collection consists of photographs, audio-visual recordings and printed documents that record various art practices from pre-independence to the present. Since 2016, IVAA has been focusing on the expansion and redefinition of art as a subject by cataloging citizen art practices that deal with the conflict over land development in Yogyakarta.
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.
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.
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.
ROSE JEPKORIR KIPTUM is a curator working with artists and others from Nairobi. She has developed and participated in a range of collaborative projects and events, including Burden of Memory: Considering German Colonial History in Africa (2019), an ambitious program of theatre, music, poetry, visual arts, performance, films and literature by more than 100 artists presented in Yaounde. Other recent projects organized as part of the artist/curatorial collective Naijographia include From Here to When (2019), an exhibition and program of artists’ talks, performances and performative readings, and Wanakuboeka Feelharmonic (2018), an interactive exhibition based on music-making as a way of thinking about communal endeavor.