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"What Can We Do?" Grant - A4

Monday, February 20, 2023

New York, New York, USA

What Can We Do? (WCWD?), presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4), is a micro-grant ($500) opportunity for artists looking to support the AAPI community in NYC with engaging, creative projects rooted in care. Honoring the power of art as healing, WCWD? invites artists with a desire to affect change in their communities to carry out a project in a three-month period (March 1-May 15, 2023). What Can We Do? is seeking 30 participants with a range of artistic expression, social justice/social impact expertise, organizing frameworks, and lived experiences.

Eligibility Criteria includes:
-A resident of New York City & primarily based in New York City during the program period (this program will take on a hybrid form).
-The project must benefit communities in Chinatown, Manhattan (District 1) or Flushing, Queens (District 20) and/or the applicant must reside in Chinatown, Manhattan (District 1) or Flushing, Queens (District 20).
-All disciplines and stages of artistic exploration/developments, activism, community organizing, educational practice, and thought leadership are welcome. No prior organizing experience required.
-Demonstrate a willingness or an interest in community work and care for vulnerable populations
-Create or develop an existing or new project that centers community building, healing, reflection, and joy, and not limited to being solely reactionary to moments of crisis or protest. The project can be a one-time gesture or an ongoing, longer term idea as long as its intentions are rooted in community and care.
-The event or project must take place within the period (March 1 - May 15, 2023)
-Must be at least 21 years of age

As part of the program, participants will:
-Carry out their project idea anytime between March 1–May 15, 2023, providing periodical progress updates to A4;
-Write and submit a simple, one-page report of their work including 2 photographs, the community they served, its impact, and any next steps;
-Present their final project in-person or virtually at the end of the program in a public share out;
-Receive an honorarium of $500 per awardee.

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