Fertile Ground is continuing work forward from the 2021 Festival’s efforts to address equity and access barriers to participation in the festival that exist for underrepresented artists. Fertile Ground, with the GROW Panel adjudicating applications, will select five (5) GROW Award recipients to receive $500 to be used in production of their Fertile Ground project. The GROW Panel will adjudicate those awards, and work to continue our work in furthering our commitment to encouraging typically underrepresented artists to be a part of Fertile Ground and elevating that work. Funding for these awards comes from Fertile Ground’s operating budget and from The Think System Foundation.
For the 2021 Fertile Ground was awarded Regional Arts & Culture Council Arts Equity & Access funding 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 RACC grant allowed Fertile Ground to distribute $500 to five artists/producers. An additional four artist/producers were awarded a $500 GROW AWARD thanks to two additional $1000 Anonymous donors who earmarked their funds to elevate underrepresented artists through this program.
The GROW Panel will again adjudicate applications for the GROW Award. New this year, the group will also designate FG22 projects as “selected” works if they meet the 2022 group’s intention to highlight underrepresented communities,* artistically interesting and culturally relevant “acts of creation,” and projects with an innovative concept for a recorded piece intended for a digital media platform. The aim of this endeavor is to inform festival goers of key projects that involve aligned artists and stories, and to encourage typically underrepresented artists to be a part of Fertile Ground and elevate that work.
*BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, Disabled