NewsNorthwest Film Forum Joins Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program

November 10, 2020by Vivian0

Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding to Provide $70,000 for Artists in Unincorporated and Incorporated King County November 11, 2020 – With their newly established Collective Power Fund, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is one of the newest nonprofit visual art centers to join The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. A national...

Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding to Provide $70,000 for Artists in Unincorporated and Incorporated King County

November 11, 2020 – With their newly established Collective Power Fund, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is one of the newest nonprofit visual art centers to join The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. A national initiative established in 2007, the Regional Regranting Program recognizes and supports the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes that lie beyond the reach of traditional funding sources.

As one of 32 partner organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, NWFF will work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings. The first round begins in Fall 2020 to provide $70,000 in COVID-19 Artist Relief funding; round two continues in Spring 2021 with project-based grants. Both are open to residents in incorporated and unincorporated King County, with applications in Spanish and Chinese, to better serve some of the area’s most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

“Northwest Film Forum is honored to be in connection with the other forward-thinking, cutting-edge arts organizations that comprise the Regional Regranting Program,” states NWFF Executive Director Vivian Hua. “This opportunity solidifies our reputation as an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to serving diverse artistic communities throughout our entire region.”

“The Foundation’s grantmaking program supports the full spectrum of contemporary artistic practice in this country, from the hyper-local community-focused efforts funded through our regional re-granting program, to career retrospectives of visionary artists at major institutions,” says Joel Wachs, President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. “Our grants help to ensure that a broad range of artistic voices participate in cultural dialogue around issues of pressing local, regional and national concern.”

Since its inception, the Regional Regranting Program has grown steadily, adding new cities and regions to its national network each year. When COVID-19 hit, the Foundation’s Board authorized a programmatic pivot; the existing 16 partners in the Regional Regranting Program swiftly set up emergency relief funds to help artists cover basic living, medical, and childcare expenses.

In October 2020, the Regional Regranting Program doubled from 16 to 32 cities and regions nationwide, as a response to the pandemic. Northwest Film Forum joins Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) as the only two partner organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

The 16 new Regional Regranting partners are:

The original 16 Regional Regranting partners are:

By December 2020, the Foundation will have given over $2 million to emergency artist relief funds across the 32 Regional Regranting organizations nationwide.

For more information about Northwest Film Forum’s Collective Power Fund, please visit bit.ly/collectivepowerfund or learn more about the Regional Regranting Program on the Warhol Foundation website.


ABOUT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

Founded in Seattle in 1995 as an independent film and arts nonprofit, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. As a comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org

ABOUT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS’ REGIONAL REGRANTING PROGRAM

The Regional Regranting Program was established in 2007 to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. The program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings.


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About Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. We are a film center and nonprofit community hub based in Seattle, Washington (the ancestral lands and territories of the Coast Salish people, including the Duwamish Tribe / Dkhw Duw’Absh). Learn more about us at nwfilmforum.org
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