Fulcrum Fund 2019-2020 Grant Cycle

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Submissions for the 2019-2020 granting cycyle are open. Deadline August 11, 11:59 pm

The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program, now in its fourth year, created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Call for Proposals is now open, and the deadline is August 11, 2019. The guest jurors are Evan Garza (Director of Rice Public Art, Rice University, Houston, TX), Mónica Ramírez-Montagut (Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) and Imin Yeh (Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA).

This year the Fulcrum Fund is making grants to artists in amounts of $2,000 to $10,000 totaling $60,000. These awards support the development and presentation of independent, artist-led projects and programs that generate meaningful shared experiences and accessible to the general public. New to 2019: While jurors have typically acknowledged artists that work collaboratively, beginning in 2019, the Fulcrum Fund will consider projects carried out by a sole individual, therefore collaboration amongst more than one person is no longer a required.

Examples of funded projects are new exhibitions or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an experimental arts venue or collective, public art projects, one-time events and performances, publications directly related to the visual arts, online projects, the creation of artist residencies and film festivals, to name a few. The Fulcrum Fund serves 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. It is intended to be a springboard for artistic processes that are experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that may not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems. In it’s first three years, the Fulcrum Fund has granted a total of $170,000 to 35 local art projects. To see the past grant recipients, click HERE.  

ELIGIBILITY: Fund grants are for individual artists for the creation and support of self-organized artistic activity that is accessible to the general public. Artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro) are encouraged to apply. Students who are currently enrolled during the grant cycle, commercial businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are NOT eligible.


Applications are only accepted online through the platform “Submittable” which is accessible at via the link on this page or by direct link https://516arts.submittable.com/submit. Emailed or hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. Please join us for Info Sessions for artists on Saturday, May 18, 10am-noon at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque and on Saturday, July 13, 2-4pm at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in Santa Fe. These sessions provide an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, examples of selected proposals from previous years’ grant recipients, and instructions on how to develop project budgets. We also offer an Application Lab Session for those who need help filling out the online form on Saturday, August 3, 10am-noon at 516 ARTS.


The Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other public facing projects. 516 ARTS created the Fulcrum Fund in 2016 as the result of the Warhol Foundation’s efforts to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is the highest. The Fulcrum Fund is one of 14 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco. Together these programs have supported well over 800 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 3.4 million dollars.

Submissions open: April 11
Submissions close: August 11
Recipients announced: September 1
Funding dispersed: September 1-7
Projects completed: October 1, 2020
Reports due: October 31

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Info Sessions:
May 18, 10am-Noon, 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave SW
July 13, 2-4pm Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe

Application Lab:

Saturday, August 3, 10am-Noon, 516 ARTS



Evan Garza, Director Rice Public Art, Rice University, Houston TX
As Director of Rice Public Art, Evan Garza oversees public art initiatives on the Rice University campus, including oversight of the university’s collection of public artworks and the management and programming of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. A Houston native, Garza served as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from 2014-2016 and is co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency, a New York nonprofit and the first LGBTQ artist residency in the United States.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, PhD, Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been the director of the Newcomb Art Museum since 2014. Under her tenure Newcomb has presented innovative projects including EMPIRE by artist collective Fallen Fruit, Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana, Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists, Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, and numerous solo exhibitions. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, she was the Associate Director and Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana and was previously the Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, both in San Jose/Silicon Valley, California. She was Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among other curatorial positions.

Imin Yeh, Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Her projects use Print Media as a technical tool for realizing the ambition of large-scaled work and Print as a conceptual strategy for exploring free, exchange, and craft-based economies. The projects utilize repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Recent exhibitions include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India), and at Recology San Francisco. Yeh is the recipient of a Eureka Fellow​ship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Contact Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Manager, 505-242-1445, claude@516arts.org