We Women: Call for Community Engagement & Collaborative Photo-Based Projects in United States

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Deadline: 30 June 2019

Do you have bold ideas for a photo-based project that redefines how we understand and respond to urgent issues in the United States today? If yes, then apply for We Women grant opportunity.

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It is not just a grant: it’s an opportunity to shape a national conversation about problems, solutions, and how to find common ground. Join their developing project as a founding artist!

They are seeking to support women, transgender, and non-binary artists whose processes are rooted in community engagement and collaboration. Projects will re-frame issues and highlight underrepresented narratives that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity.

We, Women believes photographs are only the beginning of a creative and socially-minded process. Thus, they will support work that is rooted in collaboration, blurring the lines between the author, photographed community, and audience. They welcome a range of artistic and documentary approaches including photography, video, interactive technology, and the use of historical archives.

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They are looking for projects that:

  • Respond to the misogyny, racism, bigotry, and divisiveness that is being magnified in the current political climate
  • Move beyond insular and polarized conversations and create pathways for dialogue and action
  • Promote a reconsideration of how art and media are currently produced and consumed
  • Amplify a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and self-representation
  • Resist, interrogate, or change how issues are understood and addressed

Goals

  • Up to 20 community engagement projects in 20 different states will be showcased locally and nationally in a traveling exhibition that will begin touring the country in the Fall of 2020. We, Women projects will also be featured on their website.
  • Though rooted in specific locations, each project will serve as a case study for broader issues that impact multiple communities across the United States. By virtually and physically showing this work, they enable a broader demographic to see themselves reflected in these projects, learn about new perspectives, and see connections across geography and topics.
  • Over several years, they aim to support additional projects across the United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico, tracking issues across time, location, and political leadership.

Funding Information

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  • A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to;
  • Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors;
  • Promotion and marketing of projects;
  • We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020; and
  • Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020.

Possible Topics Include

  • Gun Control, Immigration, Criminal Justice, Climate and the Environment, Political Participation/Voter Suppression/Disenfranchisement, Education, Healthcare, Housing, Jobs and the Economy, Indigenous Rights, Religion and Religious Freedom, and Substance Abuse.
  • Artists can also focus on cross-cutting issues such as gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ethnicity, religion, and ability.
  • Artists will receive funding in late 2019 for projects completed by Fall 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women, transgender, and non-binary artists whose processes are rooted in community engagement and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated longstanding commitment to the issue and/or community in which applicant propose to work
  • Feasible project with tangible goals
  • Project includes the community applicant are working with as collaborators not “subjects”
  • Collaborations between artists are accepted, provided that all team members are women, transgender, or non-binary. Please submit one application per project.

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Interested applicants can apply via their online form given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.wewomenphoto.com/apply

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