Through the RACC grant five artist/producers will receive a $500 GROW AWARD to be used in the production of their Fertile Ground project. An additional four artist/producers will be awarded a $500 GROW AWARD thanks to two additional $1000 Anonymous donors who earmarked their funds to elevate underrepresented artists through this program. The newly convened community panel will adjudicate applications for the GROW Award made possible by the RACC Arts Equity & Access grant.
This extraordinary local artistic community cohort will adjudicate both the new GROW AWARD and curate Fertile Ground 2021.
This decision-making body will award five artist’s projects with a $500 GROW AWARD, and curate the festival with attention to inclusion of underrepresented communities, selecting artistically interesting and culturally relevant “acts of creation,” and with an eye for projects that have an innovative concept for a recorded piece intended for a digital media platform.
This GROW PANEL is composed of individuals whose identities encompass a spectrum of underrepresented voices, along with Fertile Ground and PATA representatives. Demonstrating Fertile Ground’s commitment to broadening representative inclusion of local artists, this panel was instituted in order to include a wider range of community artists and to create an equity-infused decision-making process for the 12th annual new works festival. This shift offers an opportunity for the festival to evolve and to ensure representation, and actively engage in pro-inclusivity and power-sharing practices.