The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced the 10 recipients of the 2019 Artist Project Grants, which will provide $400,000 in funding.
The recipients are the Ford Theatre Foundation; 18th Street Arts Center; California State University, Dominguez Hills; Dirty Looks Inc.; Echo Park Film Center; Equitable Vitrines; IF Innovation Foundation; Los Angeles Poverty Department; Pomona College Museum of Art; and The Huntington Library.
The 2019 projects include film, performance, installation and sculpture and range from solo, group and collaborative exhibitions to interactive workshops and publications. “This year’s recipients of the Artist Project Grants exemplify the innovation, rigor and daring that the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts supports,” said foundation Executive Director Mary Clare Stevens. “It will be exciting to see the culmination of multi-year efforts from artists such as Sharon Lockhart, whose film emerges from her collaboration with young girls in Poland, or Todd Gray, who will be mining his archives of photographs from West Africa and Europe for a large-scale exhibition at Pomona College Museum of Art. Other projects are in earlier stages of development, such as The Newsreel Project at the Echo Park Film Center, which encourages filmmakers to create works that explore place, identity, and inclusion; and Edgar Arceneaux’s live stage production, ‘Boney Manilli,’ which will take place during the artist’s five-month residency at the Ford Theatres. There is such depth and breadth to Los Angeles’s artistic and curatorial practices, and it’s an honor to help realize these adventurous projects.”
Six of the grant-supported projects involve multiple artists, including that of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, now celebrating its 30th anniversary. The center will organize “Commons Lab: Place and Public Life,” a series of five new artist commissions examining the ways institutional architecture and cultural policy determine the social life and civic engagement of American communities.
The projects will take place throughout 2019 and 2020. For information, visit mikekelleyfoundation.org.