Call for Entries: Art Works 2024 Presented by Forman Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Foundation

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Forman Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Foundation Announce Opening of Art Works’ Fourth Annual Grant Application Period 

Philadelphia unrestricted grant program to add eight new recipients to its cohort of artists and organizations, helping to bolster the city’s burgeoning cultural community. For the first time, Art Works will also be open to artist collectives.

Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2024 – Forman Arts Initiative (FAI) and Philadelphia Foundation (PF) are pleased to announce that the grant application window for Art Works will open May 24, 2024. Founded in 2021, Art Works is a joint $3 million grant program designed to support local Philadelphia artists and arts and cultural organizations working in partnership with BIPOC and other traditionally underserved communities. For the first year, the grant will also be open to local artist collectives, recognizing the expansive artistic community working in Philadelphia. Applications will be available at and are due by Friday, June 28. The fourth cohort of grantees will be announced in November of this year.

Art Works accepts applications from local cultural nonprofit (or fiscally sponsored) organizations with annual operating budgets between $250,000 and $5 million as well as artist collectives and individual artists committed to incorporating community perspectives into their work. Individual artists will each receive $50,000 over two years and collectives will receive between $50,000 and $150,000 depending on the scope of their work and their engagement with the community. Organization awards will range from $75,000-$150,000 over two years and can be used to support any aspect of an organization’s mission and operations.

Previous grantees have used their unrestricted funds to increase the reach of their programming, forge new relationships with community groups, promote their work, launch campaigns, grow their social media presences, and increase organizational support, among other successes. Grantees have also used the program to connect with one another. In 2023, grantees Vashti DuBois, founder of The Colored Girls Museum, and Andrea Walls, founder of Museum of Black Joy, in collaboration with Cassandra Bolding of Black Lotus Health Collective, partnered to bring a group of 32 Black men and women to Montclair Art Museum to witness Vanessa German’s exhibition please imagine everything i cannot say…

“We’re thrilled to continue our work with Philadelphia Foundation and support the artists and organizations who help to grow and nourish Philadelphia’s creative communities,” said FAI Executive Director Adjoa Jones de Almeida. “As we rediscover every year when reviewing applications, Philadelphia is teeming with innovative, necessary artists and organizations that have a deep passion for enriching the city and its cultural landscape and discourse.”

FAI and PF are proud to, once again, give grantees the opportunity to host co-operative education students from Drexel University to support programs and operations. These placements, administered by Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships, are designed to provide students with meaningful work experience in the arts and culture sector. All grantees will also have access to experiential professional development workshops and pro bono professional consulting services, providing support on legal, marketing, communications, budgeting, and finance matters, among others.

“Our partnership with the Forman Arts Initiative is transformative,” stated Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. “With each successive cohort we have witnessed the profound impact artists and arts organizations can have on breaking down barriers in our community. We are excited to see what this year brings as artist collectives can now apply.”

The 2024 cohort will join the previous three in representing a powerful network of artists and organizations dedicated to shaping Philadelphia’s future through social engagement and lasting community initiatives. Year One, Two, and Three grantees include the following organizations and artists:




Year One (2021)

·   Bearded Ladies Cabaret

·   Big Picture Alliance

·   BlackStar

·   Scribe Video Center

·   Twelve Gates Arts

·   Hagudeza Rullán Fantauzzi

·   José A. Ortiz-Pagán

·   Sabriaya Shipley

·   Tshay Williams


Year Two (2022)

·   Brandywine Workshop and Archives

·   First Person Arts

·   Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

·   The Colored Girls Museum 

·   BL Shirelle

·   Cesar Viveros

·   Daniel Park

·   Emily Bate

Year Three (2023)

·   Monument Lab

·   Norris Square Neighborhood Project

·   Olney Culture Lab of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia

·   Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)

·   Taller Puertorriqueño

·   Colette Fu

·   Walé Oyéjidé

·   Eugenio Salas

·   Andrea “Philly” Walls


Year Four grantees will be selected by a committee composed of community advisors, civic leaders and FAI and PF principals and staff. The Selection Committee will meet this September to review the finalists. Awardees will be notified in October with a public announcement following in November 2024.

About Forman Arts Initiative: Forman Arts Initiative (FAI) is dedicated to supporting community-based arts and creativity in Philadelphia through programming, convening, and advocacy. FAI serves as a platform to connect, mentor, and support artists and organizations around Philadelphia to deepen and to grow the rich cultural heritage of Philadelphia’s communities. Since 2021, FAI has been working in partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation to distribute $3 million in unrestricted funding over five years to community artists and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area through Art Works. In 2023, FAI, in partnership with Mural Arts, established Public Works, a residency program that places artists in Philadelphia government agencies or organizations to develop public artwork. Forman Arts Initiative collaborates closely with DVDL, an agency of cultural strategists, to facilitate the programming and ongoing development of FAI. For more information, visit

About Philadelphia Foundation: Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more visit


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