August 20, 2020

Artist grant program expands to twenty US cities

Red Bull Arts

View of Kylie Lockwood, Porcelain, 2019. Unfired clay, painted steel, and nail polish. Courtesy of the artist and Red Bull Arts.

Red Bull Arts will award two USD 1,000 grants monthly in each city through the end of the year

The National Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program is open to artists in the following twenty cities, including Detroit, where the microgrants program was initiated: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Hudson Valley (NY), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, San Antonio, and St. Louis.

Starting in August, Red Bull Arts will award two USD 1,000 microgrants in each city on a rolling monthly basis through the end of the year, working with selection committees composed of local arts professionals and activists in each city. The one-time expansion was expedited in response to the urgent need for financial aid for artists and communities critically impacted by the crises facing the country. Applicants must be able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status.

The expansion of the Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program, which was initiated in Detroit, follows the arts organization’s spring announcement of plans to unify its programs with a new, national focus. Their first travelling exhibition, Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test, which was postponed due to coronavirus, will debut at Red Bull Arts New York this fall before traveling to other cities. The exhibition is the first major solo presentation of artist, creative director, and stylist Akeem Smith.

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About Red Bull Arts
Founded in 2013, Red Bull Arts is a national, experimental, and non-commercial arts program dedicated to creating new opportunities for artists and fostering public engagement in the arts. With physical spaces in New York and Detroit, Red Bull Arts aims to extend the boundaries of exhibition making; support the production of new work by emerging and established artists; participate in and respond to the needs of local arts communities; and contribute to ongoing dialogue around contemporary issues and thought.

Programs include Red Bull Arts Detroit’s curatorial fellowship, local microgrant initiative, and artist residency program, which provides housing and studio space each year for emerging artists. Past residents include Tschabalala Self, Tiff Massey, Joiri Minaya, and Lucia Hierro, among others. Past Selection Committee members have included Laura Raicovich, independent curator, and former President and Executive Director of The Queens Museum of the City of New York; artist, writer and curator, Michelle Grabner; writer, artist and Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Legacy Russell; and Deana Haggag, President and CEO, United States Artists, among others.

Notable Red Bull Arts New York exhibitions include Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless (2019), RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder (2018), Sarah Meyohas: Cloud of Petals (2017), Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno (2017), Bjarne Melgaard: The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment (2017), and Mel Chin’s TOTAL PROOF: The GALA Committee 1995-1997 (2016). Recent commissions beyond the Red Bull Arts New York exhibition space include Sènsa, a live performance by artists Paul Maheke and Nkisi, co-commissioned with Abrons Arts Center for the Performa 19 Biennial.

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