Rising rents and cost of living are threatening New York City's creative class, including its visual artists. Many of them find it increasingly daunting to pursue their fine arts work while supporting themselves.
The Hell's Kitchen Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards grants to visual artists living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood to assist them in pursuing their arts.
Applicants whose submissions arrive between May 1 and close of business December 2, 2016, will be contacted relative to applicant interviews in May 2017. (Submission before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, would be helpful.)
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Applicants must be actively engaged in creating visual art as defined in the application form and have their sole residence located within an area bounded by West 57th Street to the north, West 34th Street to the south, Twelfth Avenue to the west, and Eight Avenue to the east—an area roughly corresponding to western half of zip codes 10019, 10036, and 10018.
The foundation is the community sponsor of Hell's Kitchen Flea Market and rooted in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and New York City's art and civic-minded communities. Its sole dedicated source of funding is 25% of profits or a minimum annual $2,500 contribution from Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. The foundation is dedicated to keeping costs at a minimum. The foundation's board is all-volunteer. The foundation has no paid staff or office space. This allows us to dedicate nearly 100% of funds to grant awards to Hell's Kitchen's artists.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Inge Ivchenko, Chair
Scott Isebrand, Treasurer
Robert J. Benfatto, Jr., Secretary
Ruth Lande Shuman
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The Foundation announced on June 17, 2016 its first grant recipients: Jessica Maffia, Judy Negron, and James Seffens—all local visual artists who live and work in Hell’s Kitchen. The grants range in size from $500 to $3,500. The grant winners represent both up-and-coming and veteran artists in Hell’s Kitchen. Foundation Chair Inge Ivchenko noted in the press release: “These awards are a natural extension of our mission in this neighborhood to recognize and preserve the historical significance of the Hell’s Kitchen artist community. We know that living and working as an artist in New York City is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of living and it is very moving to meet these artists and learn how dedicated they are to making their art. It is an honor to support them.” The artists will be offered exhibition space at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market to introduce neighbors and other New Yorkers to their work.
Shout out to our 2016 Hell's Kitchen Foundation grant winner Jessica Maffia, who returns to New York for her first installation in the city at the 3-Squared Gallery on W.24th Street, which will run from Jan 19th - 26th. Lanterns for Peace is a post-election community response installation that invites public participation.