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FEBRUARY 25, 2016 516 ARTS Announces Fulcrum Fund, Tenth Organization in the Regional Regranting Program

516 ARTS in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been selected by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to serve as a regranting organization in its ongoing Regional Regranting Program. 516 ARTS is one of ten organizations across the country, and the only one in the Southwest region, to develop and manage this grant program that gives direct grants to artist and artist-organized activities.

Each program around the country is invited to create its own name and identity, and 516 ARTS has developed the Fulcrum Fund, which will serve as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and pivot in new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. The Fulcrum Fund will offer direct grants to artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe). Grants from the Fulcrum Fund are for non-501c3, self-organized artistic activity that has a public component. The fund will serve as a springboard for artistic processes that are adventurous, experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that do not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.

The Fulcrum Fund will provide monetary awards - giving grants of $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $50,000 in the first year - to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings and more. In accordance with the mission of 516 ARTS to forge connections between art and audiences, the Fulcrum Fund will seek to support artists and projects that generate meaningful shared experiences and are created in a collaborative spirit.

516 ARTS will hold information sessions and budget workshops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe leading up to the deadline for the call for proposals. Each year, they will create a digital catalog about the artists and projects selected, and also produce a public celebration event to honor the grant recipients. 516 ARTS will launch the Call for Proposals in March and it will be open for three months. The selections will be made by guest jurors to be announced. The launch of the Call for Proposals will be advertised on the 516 website, social media efforts, and through distribution of a printed call.

For more on the Fund or 516 ARTS, please visit their website http://516arts.org.