Grants Help Southern California Artists Make Work in the Social Sphere
By Carolina Miranda
An art-making project with former prison inmates, an interactive broadcast at a Los Angeles swap meet and a collective that will create a new space for women to learn and create. These are three artist projects selected to receive $10,000 grants from SPArt, a grant-making organization based in Los Angeles.
Now in its second year, SPArt's annual awards are specifically designed to support three Southern California artists actively making work in the field of social practice — by definition, art that is socially engaged and requires the participation of its audience. This year's recipients are: Misael Diaz, one of the founders of the cog*nate collective
, a group that has staged mobile broadcasts and happenings tied to cross-border issues; Gregory Sale, whose practice has involved working with inmates; and the Women's Center for Creative Work (WCCW), a group that organizes activities for women, from skill-sharing events to story-telling workshops.
"We were really impressed with the character of the artists and the work that they've proposed," SPArt founder Alexandra Shabtai says. "These are artists who have established what they want to do and this will help them fund the next step." Read more here.