About.

The Platforms Fund is a collaborative effort of Antenna, Ashé Cultural Art Center, and Junebug Productions 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 $10,000 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.

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), The Precipice Fund (Portland, Oregon), The Propeller Fund (Chicago, Illinois), Rocket Grants (Kansas City, Missouri), WaveMaker Grants (Miami, Florida), and the Kindling Fund (Portland, Maine). 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, July 30, 2021: Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Selections Announced

Funded projects must commence between September  1, 2021 and September 1, 2022

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS


Platforms Fund Public Info Session 1
Thursday, June 17, 6PM
 (Virtual, hosted by Antenna)
Click here for Zoom link.

Platforms Fund Public Info Session 2
Thursday, July 1
 (In-person at Ashé Cultural Arts Center)
Location:   Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Platforms Fund Public Info Session 3
Thursday, July 15, 6PM (Virtual, hosted by Junebug Productions)
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OFFICE HOURS

Connect by Zoom during the following office hours for questions regarding your application.

 

Thursday, June 10
12 – 1 pm
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Thursday, June 24  
12 – 1 pm
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Thursday, July 8      
12 – 1 pm
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Thursday, July, 22   
12 – 2 pm
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Our Mission.

The Platforms Fund is a collaborative effort of AntennaAshé Cultural Arts Center, and Junebug Productions 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.

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), Visual Arts Fund (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota), Satellite Fund (Cleveland, Ohio), Insite Fund (Denver, Colorado). 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.

 

The Organizers.

Antenna

Antenna is committed to being a vital participant in the life of the city through the creation and support of artist- and writer-driven programs. Through its robust slate of multidisciplinary program, Antenna works to serve as an engine for cultural production and a resource for creative practitioners.

Ashé Cultural Art Center

Ashé Cultural Arts Center aims to use art and culture to support equity, human, community and economic development. Ashé creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent.

Junebug Productions

Junebug Productions emerged from the Free Southern Theater in 1980 with a mission to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the Black community. Through interrogation, Junebug centers Black theater artist in its works, challenging itself and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.