The Platforms Fund announces selected projects for 2017-2018.

The Platforms Fund, developed by Antenna, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Pelican Bomb, with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is excited to announce the third round of grant awards!

This year we received 106 applications and we were extremely impressed by the strength, breadth, and creativity of the projects that applied. This year’s five-person jury narrowed the field to 22 finalists and, of those, selected 18 projects to fund, considering the many facets that were carefully presented by the applicants.

In addition to $60,000 in total grants awarded, we’ve teamed up again with Kickstarter in a Lagniappe Partnership program to assist all 22 finalists with developing Kickstarter campaigns to build additional support for their projects.

And here they are! (For full project descriptions visit )

Willie Birch: Old Prieur Project ($2,500)
Nisa East, Elsa Kern, and Joshua Overman: Backyard Film Festival ($3,500)
Shana M. Griffin: DISPLACED ($5,000)
Indee Mitchell: blaQballet ($4,000)
Momma Tried: Momma Tried Issue 3 ($3,500)
New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom: Youth Day ($5,000)
Lydia Y. Nichols: “The Color of Progress: Black and Green on the Industrial Gulf Coast,” ($2,000, Research & Development Year 2)
Noirlinians: New Orleans-Nairobi Artivist Exchange ($5,000)
John Richie: Katie and The Black Robin Hood ($5,000)
Kristina Kay Robinson: Republica: Writing and Art from the Free Territory ($4,000)
Ayo Scott, Gian Smith, Alphonse Smith, Brittney Lindsey, and Malik Bartholomew: Pass It On ($2,500)
Christopher Staudinger: Paper Boat ($3,500)
Red Flame Hunters Mardi Gras Indian Tribe ($5,000)
Take ‘Em Down NOLA: Strange Fruit ($3,500)

Research & Development Year 1 (can apply for additional support next year)

Langston Allston: Cailloux & Maistre Monument ($1,500)
Gallery of the Streets: [b]REACH: Adventures in Heterotopia ($1,500)
Joseph Makkos: Changing Landscapes : A Digital Map Archive of the Gulf Coast ($1,500)
Antonia Zennaro, Joseph Moran, & Cecelia Tapplette-Pedescleaux : Rising Waters, Sewing Spirits: Recovery Through Quiltmaking ($1,500)

[Image from Noirlinians]

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