Kindling Fund Peer Review Session at Quill Books & Beverage
Westbrook, ME 04092
Please join us for a Kindling Fund Peer Review Session hosted by SPACE. We will present a brief overview of the program before applicants divide into small groups and workshop their proposals. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring a copy of your project grant narrative to workshop with a stranger! The deadline for this year’s grant proposals is 11:59pm on Sunday, October 20th.
The Kindling Fund supports artist-organized projects that engage audiences and incorporate the visual arts in inventive and meaningful ways. The Kindling Fund distributes about $65,000 in grants ranging from $1,500 – $5,000 to artists across Maine each year. With a focus on risk and experimentation, successful projects value unconventional engagement, critical dialogue, collaboration, and create new models for presenting artists’ work. The Kindling Fund is administered by SPACE Gallery as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Regranting Program.
The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative spaces/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. The Kindling Fund also seeks to define the visual arts in the most expansive ways possible. In the context of this grant, we believe the visual arts include: photography, performance, video, ceramics, earth works, drawing, bookmaking, weaving, crafts, installations, painting, mail art, printmaking, basketry, sculpture, calligraphy, social-engagement, participatory or community driven projects, glass, and design.
Projects supported by The Kindling Fund have included: curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice; public art projects, interventions and site specific installations; the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts; and the creation of artist residencies and artist-run exhibition spaces.
The grant was established in 2015 in response to the needs of individual artists across the state and to the needs of Maine’s arts community at large. The Regional Regranting Program connects Warhol Foundation support with localized partner organizations who value artist-driven contemporary and independent practices. Thirteen other regranting initiatives around the United States fulfill a similar need.
Quill Books & Beverage is a bookstore, bar, coffee shop, and community space in Westbrook, Maine.