About the Fund.
The Platforms Fund is a collaborative effort of Antenna, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Pelican Bomb to provide support for the development and presentation of self-organized artistic projects in and around New Orleans. The Platforms Fund seeks to emphasize New Orleans’ historical characteristics of creativity, collaboration, and resiliency, while pushing the boundaries of where community engagement and the dissemination of creative ideas can intersect.
The Platforms Fund will provide grants of up to $5000 to a diverse array of artist-driven projects that are ambitious, accessible, and experimental in nature. It is our hope that projects that receive support expand the arts ecosystem of the New Orleans region by charting unmapped territory in the structures and production of artistic projects.
In addition to the grants for projects with an already strong concept and plan of execution, the Platforms Fund will also award a small number of research and development grants in the amount of $1500 each for projects in their earliest stages. These funds can be used to support the time and process necessary to propose an innovative and feasible project. For example, one might conduct interviews or fieldwork, explore production options, or pilot a larger event. Research and development grantees will be eligible to apply for up to $3500 in the next grant cycle to help actualize their projects.
A total of $60,000 in grants will be distributed in 2017.
A National Network.
The Platforms Fund is part of a growing national network of regional re-granting programs supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, including Alternative Exposure (San Francisco, California), The Idea Fund (Houston, Texas), Precipice Fund (Portland, Oregon), Propeller Fund (Chicago, Illinois), Rocket Grants (Kansas City, Missouri), WaveMaker Grants (Miami, Florida), The Kindling Fund (Portland, Maine), Grit Fund (Baltimore, Maryland), Fulcrum Fund (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and Visual Arts Fund (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota). The Foundation aims to support the independent creative activity of artists by partnering with leading artist-centered, visual arts organizations across the country. Collaborations like the Platforms Fund allow the Foundation to reach a sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist-initiated endeavors.
In addition to the collaborative partnership with the Warhol Foundation and its national network of regional regranting programs, the Platforms Fund has developed a unique partnership with Kickstarter to enhance its work within the New Orleans region. And like Lagniappe, this partnership is that little something extra that can make a big difference. For the 2017-18 grant cycle, Kickstarter staff will provide direct assistance to a select group of Platforms applicants and assist in the development of Kickstarter campaigns for their projects. With so many big ideas in the New Orleans region and limited Platforms resources, this partnership is a great way to help even more artists to develop their projects. All projects shortlisted during the Platforms review process, whether they receive a Platforms grant or not, will have an opportunity to get direct focused assistance and support from Kickstarter staff. More about the partnership here.