The Fulcrum Fund was created in 2016 by 516 ARTS at the invitation of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to join their Regional Regranting Program. 2020 was an unprecedented year for the program, which under normal circumstances supports visual art projects. However, in response to the profound financial need that artists were facing during the pandemic, the focus was shifted to offer emergency relief grants. In 2020, a total of $256,000 was distributed to individual artists who lost some or all of their income due to the pandemic, as well as supporting artspaces and nonprofits that had to close their doors to comply with public health mandates. The funding came from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Frederick Hammersley Foundation, and community contributions including Native-serving organizations Flower Hill Institute and Wordcraft Circle. 79% of the grants went to artists of color.
The selection panel for Round #4 includes Agnes Chavez, artist and educator, Taos; Andrea R. Hanley, Chief Curator Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe; Arif Khan, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque.
ABOUT THE MAJOR PARTNERS:
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. Before the pandemic, these programs supported well over 1000 independent art projects over a period of ten years, granting more than $4.7 million to independent artists for their art projects. In response to the pandemic, the Warhol Foundation doubled the program from 16 to 32 regranting partners nationwide. This year the 32 grant programs have awarded over $1.9 million of Warhol funds directly to artists impacted by Covid-19, and the partners have leveraged over $1 million in additional relief funding to expand the support in communities across the country.
The Frederick Hammersley Foundation is dedicated to furthering Frederick Hammersley’s artistic legacy through charitable activities that benefit the public, as well as to promoting the value of art in the life of the community.
The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $540,000 to 299 artists statewide and is one of 32 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Mobile, Birmingham & York (AL), Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Omaha, Phoenix & Tucson, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence (RI), Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), San Francisco, San Juan, (PR), Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Together these programs have supported well over 1000 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 4.7 million dollars.
AGNES CHAVEZ is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work integrates art, science and technology as tools for social and environmental change. Her work integrates data visualization, light, sound and space to create sensorial experiences that seek balance between nature, technology and society. She is the founder of STEMarts Lab, which delivers sci-art installations and STEAM programming for schools, art/science organizations and festivals. STEMarts Lab produces the STEMarts Curriculum Tool, an online platform that complements sci-art festivals and events with STEAM teacher resources built around the work of curated artists. She has developed STEAM programs for ATLAS@CERN, Scholastic, 516 ARTS, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and for the ISEA2012 electronic arts festival. In 2014 she co-founded The PASEO outdoor participatory art festival in Taos New Mexico, whose mission is to transform community through art and art through community. She developed the SUBE, Language through Art, Music & Games program, now in its 24th year, which won her numerous awards including the “Educational Innovation in the Americas” (INELAM) award and the New Mexico Women in Technology Award.
ANDREA R. HANLEY is the Chief Curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, NM. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary Native American artists and the Native American fine art field. She worked more than nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. Upon returning to Arizona, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director of ATATL, Inc., National Service Organization for Native American Arts, Artrain, USA, a national arts organization, as its sponsorship and major gifts officer. She was the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. More recently she was the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience working in the field of programming, exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Santa Fe Arts Commission. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
ARIF KHAN has over 20 years of service in contemporary visual arts organizations and art museums. He has experience in the fields of museum administration, fundraising, collections management, exhibition development, museum education and strategic planning with contemporary artists. Arif Khan is currently the Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A position he has held since 2016. In this executive position, he oversees all aspects of the museum’s operations including exhibitions, collections management, fundraising and visual arts education programs. Prior to working at the UNM Art Museum Arif served as Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV; Gallery Director at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM; Curator of the Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; and Artist Coordinator for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. He holds a BA in History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin; MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute, London, UK. In 2012 Arif completed The Getty Leadership Institute’s “Museum Leaders: The Next Generation (NextGen)” professional development program.