Great Meadows Foundation is a grant giving foundation, launched in 2016 by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shands. The vision and purpose of Great Meadows Foundation is to strengthen and support the visual arts in Kentucky. There are accomplishing this by empowering artists and visual arts professionals to research, connect, and participate more actively in the broader contemporary art world.
Examples of professional development grants awarded include travels to attend conferences, major exhibitions, art fairs and biennials. These experiences will enable recipients to connect with professionals in the field and help them develop their practice. In pursuit of their proposals, grantee artists are traveling to American cities such as Boston, L.A,, Chicago and New York, as well as to countries as diverse as Cuba, Dubai, Greece, Iceland, and Korea to name just a few.
So where am I headed? I will be attending CONTACT, the world’s largest photography festival in Toronto during the month of May 2017. Each day of this week long trip will be devoted to exploring the broad spectrum of programming presented at this internationally respected photography festival, with the ultimate goal of initiating meaningful interaction and exchanges with the individuals who are making, presenting and viewing these works alongside myself.
CONTACT is a photography festival that is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. As a photographer whose heart lies beyond the click of the shutter, I too seek ways to advance knowledge, creativity and innovation in my work. The impact of this deeply educational experience is sure to be present in my output for years to come, not only by inspiring new ways of creating but also incorporating conceptual ideas in my practice. It could also be the impetus that broadens my audience and advances my career.
It was a true pleasure applying for this grant. The wide parameters and narrow time constraints of the application made me super aware of current and upcoming exhibitions as well as potential development opportunities worldwide, several of which I have already submitted too!
Thank you Great Meadows Foundation!!
The Great Meadows Foundation region encompasses the 120 counties of Kentucky, and the Greater Louisville area of Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana. The next deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday March 19, 2017. Travel in this cycle must be carried out between May 1 and October 31, 2017. Click HERE to learn more and apply!