The Verdant Fund, managed by Coleman Center for the Arts, Alabama Contemporary Art Center and Space One Eleven, supports public-facing projects that complicate and expand narratives of creative practice born of and within Alabama. With an emphasis on artists that have been underrepresented and under-financed within the state, the Verdant Fund bolsters risk-taking within the field and divergent paths within contemporary practice and disperses $60,000 per year in support of the creation of new work, or exploration of new territory. The Verdant Fund prioritizes women artists, artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ artists; Artists whose practice may operate outside regional market systems and work in what is perceived as new disciplines to include but not limited to – video, new media, installation, conceptual, anti-aesthetic, anti-monumental, etc.; and socially engaged and culturally relevant projects.
“We strive to support institutions that share our artist-centered values. The small grassroots arts organizations as well as the museums that comprise our grantees provide invaluable opportunities for artists to express their unique perspectives on the pressing urgencies of the day. We hope that our grants help to amplify artists’ voices within their communities, in national discussions and debates, and across platforms in the international contemporary art world.”
Joel Wachs, President