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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards
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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards

Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces the 2021 Grants to Artists awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists working in Dance, Music/Sound, Performance Art/Theater, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

2021 grantee Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop, production still from LITANY | Pt. II | Issue (of Blood), Bronzeville, Chicago, 2020. Photo by Jordan Phelps.

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2021 grantee Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop, production still from LITANY | Pt. II | Issue (of Blood), Bronzeville, Chicago, 2020. Photo by Jordan Phelps.

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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards
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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards

Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces the 2021 Grants to Artists awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists working in Dance, Music/Sound, Performance Art/Theater, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

2021 grantee Kandis Williams, installation view of Eurydice, at EXPO Chicago, Chicago, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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2021 grantee Kandis Williams, installation view of Eurydice, at EXPO Chicago, Chicago, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards
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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards

Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces the 2021 Grants to Artists awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists working in Dance, Music/Sound, Performance Art/Theater, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

2021 grantee Anna Martine Whitehead, performance still from Move/Repeat, at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2017. Performers: Keyierra Collins, Anna Martine Whitehead. Photo by Sara Pooley.

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2021 grantee Anna Martine Whitehead, performance still from Move/Repeat, at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2017. Performers: Keyierra Collins, Anna Martine Whitehead. Photo by Sara Pooley.

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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards
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FCA announces 2021 Grants to Artists awards

Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces the 2021 Grants to Artists awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists working in Dance, Music/Sound, Performance Art/Theater, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

2021 grantee Haruna Lee, performance still from Suicide Forest, at The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, 2019. Photo by Maria Baranova. 

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2021 grantee Haruna Lee, performance still from Suicide Forest, at The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, 2019. Photo by Maria Baranova. 

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Our Mission

FCA encourages, sponsors, and promotes innovative work in the arts

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Impact

Since March 2020, FCA has made 1,463 grants of $2,000 each, totaling $2,926,000 through the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

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Since March 2020, FCA has made 1,463 grants of $2,000 each, totaling $2,926,000 through the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

Iris Yirei Hu received a COVID-19 Fund grant when her exhibition at Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial was postponed indefinitely.

FCA: Artists for Artists
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FCA: Artists for Artists

In 1962 Jasper Johns, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and other painters and sculptors came together to help Merce Cunningham and his dance company finance a proposed season on Broadway by arranging for a sale of their artworks. Their fund-raising efforts were so successful that there was money to spare, and when they asked Cunningham what he thought they should do with it, he replied, “We're all in the same boat—why don't you give it to other performing artists?" Thus in 1963 Jasper Johns and John Cage established the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts based on the belief that visual artists—painters and sculptors—were sufficiently concerned about the state of the performance arts—dance, theater, and music—enough so to donate artwork to benefit performing artists. 

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Grant Impact

"The grant gave me the time and the freedom to focus on my work in a way not tied up to productivity, pressure, or economic institutions per se, which must be the best gift any artist can receive."

— Fia Backström, visual artist
2010 grantee | Visual Arts

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