Fulcrum Fund

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Fulcrum Fund: Providing grants of up to $10,000 to local artists

The Fulcrum Fund grant program is created and operated by 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is part of the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York, which 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 informal, non-incorporated artists and collectives to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other public-facing projects. 516 ARTS was invited to create the Fulcrum Fund as part of the Warhol Foundation’s efforts to grow their reach to areas where they see the level of artist-led creative work to be particularly high. The other 12 regranting programs are facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco.

The Fulcrum Fund serves as an essential support structure enabling artists to expand existing work and to explore new directions. It supports projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. It offers grants directly to independent artists and collectives who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro). Grants from the Fulcrum Fund are for non-501c3, self-organized artistic activity that reaches the general public. The awards celebrate art practices that may not fit into conventional museum and gallery systems.

The Fulcrum Fund awards grants to artists and projects centering around the visual arts. Projects created with and involving performance and/or other media are eligible provided visual art is a major component of the finished work. Funding is intended to support art that embraces experimentation, utilizes innovative approaches and seeks to expand the practices of contemporary art in the Albuquerque / Santa Fe area.

In its first three years, the Fulcrum Fund has granted a total $170,000 to 35 art projects. Although collaborative activity is still encouraged, in 2019 the grants will not be limited to collaborations.

Look for the 2019 call for proposals in the spring of 2019!

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


In 2018, guest jurors from around the country selected 11 proposals to receive a total of $60,000 from the 115 proposals that were submitted by applicants from 10 cities in an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. The jurors were: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Institute of American Cultures American Indian Center, Los Angeles, CA; Hamza Walker, Executive Director, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; and Louise Martorano, Executive Director, Redline, Denver CO. They selected the following projects:

1000 Tiny Mirrors, Santa Fe  •  Reverence/Rage  •  $10,000
Activating creative spaces for queer/trans/non-binary/two spirit and BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) to portray individual and communal self-determined artistic expressions in a Rock Opera performance, community art-making and a film screening. Collaborators include Mimi Madrid Puga, Allesandra Ogran, Nikesha Breeze, Patricia Trujillo, Rafa Tarin among others.

Autumn Chacon, Albuquerque  •  New Mexico Common Media  •  $6,000
A New Mexican-based, online gallery, featuring a home-grown, independent, artist-centered version of YouTube where viewers can readily access and stream content by community members. In collaboration with Margaret Wright.

Barbara Grothus, Albuquerque  •  BLACK HOLE/Atomic City  •  $5,000
Challenging the dominant nuclear narrative maintained by Los Alamos (and others) for almost 75 years, this project spotlights the artist’s father, “Atomic Ed,” an entrepreneur and creative anti-nuclear activist who created the Black Hole: a business, collection, destination, tourist attraction and curiosity. Collaborators include Erika Wanenmacher, James Hart, Matthew Chase-Daniel and Thomas Powell.

Alicia Inez Guzman, Santa Fe  •  Cafecito Collective  •  $5,000
A QTPOC-first collective focusing on the creativity, wellness and safety of the Norteño community (Santa Fe/Española) by sharing resources and knowledge, organizing toward equity, and making art in their central Santa Fe location on the Railyard. In collaboration with Alicia A. Martinez.

Adam Horowitz, Santa Fe  •  DEUS ATOMICA - ‘ATOMIC GODS’  •  $7,000
A surrealistic, satirical short film based on ‘guerrilla-theater’ public performance events filmed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and elsewhere in New Mexico, revealing the secret mythical, magical, and supernatural forces behind the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos during the making of the first atomic bomb. Collaborators include Isolde Kille, Drew Lenihan, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Willem Malten, Brian Moe, Nick Deamer, Steina Vasulka, Sadaf Cameron, Igor Vamos, Alex Reed, and Meridel Rubenstein among others.

Lena Kassicieh, Albuquerque  •  Daftar Asfar: The Collaborative Sketchbook Project  •  $3,000
A traveling sketchbook conceived from the notion that art should be accessible, a nourishing way of life and a collaborative communal experience. In collaboration with Samantha Andrews.

Erica Lord, Santa Fe  •  Remembering James Luna  •  $6,000
Working with local artists and students from the Institute of American Indian Arts, the artist will create and collaborate on a series of performances, readings an exhibition and a workshop/symposium to honor and learn from the work of the late James Luna.

Lance Ryan McGoldrick, Albuquerque  •  Lost Highways  •  $5,000
A series of static, large-scale sculptures and interactive installations along old highways in New Mexico viewed via road trip as a series of destinations and singular surprises.

Larry Bob Phillips, Albuquerque  •  The FRACKING of Sandoval County  •  $3,000
A 16-page comic depicting the people and dynamics in the fight over resource extraction in the Albuquerque Basin and outlining the history of Rio Rancho and intensifying efforts to exploit petroleum adjacent to the Rio Grande aquifer. In collaboration with Mark LeClaire.

Valerie Roybal, Albuquerque  •  For-Get-Me-Not: Words and Images on Living with Incurable Cancer  •  $3,000
Using images from women of the past as a basis for transformation, the artist visually explores the idea of “wearing” the disease and overtly presenting feeling about the disease—inside out through a book and an exhibition. In collaboration with Martha Carlson.

Scott Williams, Albuquerque  •  Vitrine: An Art Place  •  $7,000
An exhibition and community space in Downtown Albuquerque, run by a collective of three artists dedicated to supporting and cultivating underrepresented artists and providing space for our community to share its artistic and practical skills through art exhibitions, workshops and other events. Collaborators include Anna Reser and Jaime Tillotson.


2018 Fulcrum Jurors WEBSITE

Louise Martorano

Louise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-profit contemporary art center and artist residency located in Denver, Colorado. Under her leadership, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 & 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, and recognition from Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship for leadership from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Martorano has also worked in the film industry producing and fundraising for independent films that have received international festival recognition in Dallas, Austin, Poland, and Denver. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Design program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, is the Board Treasurer for the Global Women’s Empowerment Fund, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harmony Hammond Trust. 

Nancy Marie Mithlo

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) is a UCLA Institute of American Cultures, American Indian Center Visiting Scholar, a Howard Foundation Fellow and a Getty Research Institute Guest Researcher. Mithlo’s curatorial work has resulted in nine exhibits at the Venice Biennale. A life-long educator, Mithlo has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, Smith College, California Institute for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her forthcoming book Knowing Native Arts will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Hamza Walker

Hamza Walker is the Executive Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. In 2017 he co-curated (with Catherin Taft) Reconstitution, a group exhibition mounted at LAXART. In 2016 he co-curated (with Aram Moshayedi) Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, and in 2015 he curated A Painting is a Painting isn’t a Painting at the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco.

Click here to see the previous Fulcrum Fund recipients 

Download the 2016-2017 Fulcrum Fund Catalog to view the 2016 and 2017 grant recipients and learn more about the Fulcrum Fund


Images: Scott Williams, Vitrine: An Art Place; Erica Lord, Remembering James Luna; The Artifact Piece, Revisited (pictured); Lena Kassicieh, Daftar Asfar