Open Call for Miami Artists: Locust Projects Gifts in Wavemaker Grants

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Attention Miami artists, curators, and collectives! Locust Projects, Miami’s longest running alternative art space, has announced an open call for grants. Information sessions will begin in January 2021 and applications will be due in the Spring. They have awarded $399,000 in arts grants since 2015. During this period, they have gifted up to $6,000 to seventy-seven of Miami’s most visionary artists, curators, and collectives.  

Locust Projects is a local leader in exhibiting innovative works. They take risks outside of traditional art markets and institutions and provide artists with an outlet for experimentation.  Their mission as a non-profit organization includes engaging the local community. They publish, present and produce completed works for view at their location in Miami’s Design District.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts makes the Wavemaker Grants possible.  They are the first regional regranting program in the southeast. They are part of a national network together with sixteen other Warhol-initiating regranting programs. Awards categories include three groups: Research & Development + Implementation, New Work / Projects, and Long-Haul Projects. 

In 2020, Wavemaker at Locusts awarded $6,000 to four artists in each of the categories. One of the grantees in the area of Long-Haul Projects was Cuban-american artist Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo. In his work Project Exile, he explored the experiences of exiles in the community as marginalized people.    

This year they are allowing grantees affected by COVID-19 to use fifty percent of the funds for supplementary income. Locust Projects encourages artists to adapt their creative vision to concepts explored in light of the pandemic. 

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