Fertile Ground is delighted to award NINE projects the $500 GROW AWARD to produce in the 12 th annual (virtual) new works festival.


Be Careful What you Ask For, from producer Family of Color Productions

Lilies, from producer Future Prairie

Oh Myh Dating Hell, from producer Aala Is Possible

Red/Act, from producer This Cherokee Rose

Tales of Sex Magic and Healing, from producer Naked at My Age

Shooflies and Psilocybin, from producer Theatre Vertigo

Spirit in the Dark, from producers PDX Soul Collective & Portland Cello Project

the space/silence/sao in-between, from producer Do It for Mead

Sadie and Myrtle, from producer V.A.D.M. Realm

Fertile Ground was recently awarded Regional Arts & Culture Council Arts Equity & Access funding (Cycle 2). These funds are intended to formalize and expand the organization’s initiatives to address equity and access barriers to participation in the festival that exist for underrepresented artists. The grant offers Fertile Ground funds to distribute to artists/producers through the GROW AWARD program.

The RACC grant supports five of the nine artist/producers receiving $500 GROW AWARD to be used in the production of their Fertile Ground 2021 project.  Thanks to two additional $1000 Anonymous donors who earmarked their funds to elevate underrepresented artists through this program, an additional four artist/producers are awarded a $500 GROW AWARD.

The newly convened decision-making body, the GROW PANEL, adjudicated applications for the GROW AWARD. The GROW PANEL is composed of individuals whose identities encompass a spectrum of underrepresented voices, along with Fertile Ground and PATA representatives. This extraordinary local artistic community cohort will also serve to curate the full Fertile Ground Festival for the 2021 event. Get to know them here.

For the 2021 festival, Fertile Ground welcomed submissions from a wide range of artists on a variety of topics and welcomes an array of artistic genres and disciplines. GROW AWARD recipients are curated into FG21 upon award. 

GROW Awards application considerations:

  • New work, or significant re-imagining
  • Project is local artist driven & local actors/creative team on the project
  • Artist/producer identifies as a person from an underrepresented group
  • Interesting / culturally relevant content of proposed “act of creation”
  • Specific attention is paid to an innovative concept for a recorded piece that uses the digital media platform in creative ways
  • Expression of how a $500 award would enable their participation