MakeWork Awards $150,000 In Artist Grants In 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
MakeWork announced this year’s MakeWork grant awards. Six recipients from a variety of creative disciplines will receive individual grants totaling $150,000 for projects that are directly tied to social good. Each project supported by MakeWork has been selected for developing innovative tools and models that strategically integrate artists into local efforts related to affordable housing, youth education, crime prevention and more.

MakeWork Advisory Co-chairwomen Ellen Hays and Candy Kruesi have said, “In MakeWork’s final funding cycle, the advisory council  decided to ask our former grantees to create projects that would make a difference for our city and serve people who would not have traditional access to art. MakeWork’s grantees  and their community partners are poised to do this work.”

The evaluation and selection of grantees was made by the MakeWork Advisory Council and guest jurors, who represents a broad range of experience in the performing arts, 2D and 3D visual arts, literary arts, and new media.

2013 MakeWork Grantees & Projects
Sybil Baker
Literary Art // WHITE ELEPHANT: Platforms for Progressive Vision in Action
Kevin Bate
Public Art // The McCallie Walls Project: A Drive Through Gallery
Christie Burns
Music // World Music Weekends: A Cultural Dialogue and Celebration
Rondell Crier
Art Education // Urban Heroes: Youth Arts Initiative
Judy Mogul
Film // Field Play: Environmental Art Program
Greg Pond
New Media // Progress and Pride in Chattanooga: A Look into Patten Towers

Since 2008, MakeWork has awarded over $1,000,000 to 101 creative individuals living and working in Chattanooga. MakeWork’s 2013 grants are a new investment in art and culture that can drive vibrancy and diversity for the city and potentially transform local communities.  

Funding for MakeWork has been generously provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation. The Lyndhurst Foundation identifies and invests in initiatives, institutions, people and programs that contribute to the long-term livability and resilience of the greater Chattanooga region.


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