Washington Project for the Arts teams up with Warhol Foundation for new grant series to support DC-based artists

Wherewithal Grants graphic Courtesy Washington Project for the Arts

The Washington, DC-based non-profit Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), which serves to support artists in the capital, announced on Wednesday that it will introduce a new series of artists grants with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The move comes as the main grant-making body in the area, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), is locked in a struggle with Mayor Muriel Bowser over the citys arts agenda and funding. Conflicts escalated in September to the point of DCCAH staffers being temporarily locked out from the organizations art collection.

“WPA has taken a strong position in defense of artists affected by some of the local political skirmishes of the past 16 months,” says Peter Nesbett, the executive director of the WPA. “We are hoping to complement the funding for artists already available through the DCCAH to ensure that independent, DIY culture thrives in this region. We are also responding to the reality that many of the area's artists have been forced over the border into Maryland and Virginia, making them ineligible for DCCAH support.”

The WPAs new Wherewithal Grants are funded through a $200,000, two-year grant from the Warhol Foundation, and aim to support “public-facing alternative and experimental visual art projects” in Washington, DC in “non-traditional venues,” according to a statement. “Projects can include performances or performance festivals, workshops, publications, installations, exhibitions, screening, etc,” the WPA says.

“We recognised the importance of unaffiliated and under-recognised artists projects in non-traditional venues and saw that there was a lack of funding forRead More – Source