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 organized by TEOR/éTica in San José (Costa Rica) 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, and other communities of color. 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.
BULEGOA zenbaki barik is a collaborative initiative based in Bilbao created around a common interest in processes of historicization, cultural translation, performativity, the body, postcolonialism, social theory, archival strategies and education. Inspired by the desire to bridge the gap between practice and theory, its aim is to build a space of sustained discourse and hybrid situations where debate, discussion and exchange of ideas can take place and artistic projects can be materialized. To achieve these objectives, Bulegoa z/b organizes seminars, presentations, screenings, performances, talks, conversations and other activities.
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.
MAPA TEATRO is an artists’ laboratory dedicated to transdisciplinary creation. Based in Bogotá since 1986, it was founded in Paris in 1984 by Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden, visual and performance artists from Colombia. MAPA has developed its own cartography in the field of “Live Arts” that transgresses boundaries –geographic, linguistic, artistic– and addresses local and global issues through diverse “thought-montage” operations combining documentation, archives and fiction. As a laboratory where myth, history and the present continuously intersect, MAPA Teatro emphasizes the production of poetic-political events through the construction of ethno-fictions and the creation of experimental communities.
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.
ANABELLA ACEVEDO 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 transdisciplinary project focusing on open debate in nontraditional settings and media, editorial production in various formats, and academic research. It is dedicated to critical analysis, documentation, reflection and dissemination of contemporary art in Guatemala and to strengthening networks of scholars interested in Guatemalan artistic production.
ANCA RUJOIU is a curator and editor based in Singapore. As curator of exhibitions and later head of publications (2013–18), she was a member of the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore contributing to the center’s numerous exhibitions, public programs and publishing projects. More recently, she was co-curator of the third edition of the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara. She is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, Melbourne, pursuing research on institutions shaped by artists outside the West and alternative forms of history writing.
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.