Wherewithal Grants are a funding source for artists in the DC-area. Generously funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its Regional Regranting Program and managed by Washington Project for the Arts, these grants are intended to support a wide range of experimental and multidisciplinary practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration and discourse. Since launching in 2019, Wherewithal Grants has supported 136 visual artists with a total of $280,000 in grants.
Applications will open for the 2024 funding cycle on Monday, September 25, 2023.
On February 16, 2023, we announced the 12 grant recipients for the 2023 funding cycle. Each artist or artist collective will receive $5,000 for either a project or research.
The recipients of Research Grants are: Ama BE, Alina Collins Maldonado, Andy Johnson, Cecilia Kim, Stephanie Mercedes, Athena Naylor, and Anisa Olufemi & Jada-Amina.
The recipients of Project Grants are: Niki Afsar, Safiyah Cheatam & Hope Willis, Neha Misra & Fid Thompson, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, and The Shmutzik Shmates.
Over the next year, these artists will organize projects and conduct research around fascinating and timely topics such as Black gospel tradition in DC and Chicago, practices of care, futurity, invisible transnational labor, eco-art, and the women-led Iranian revolution.
An independent panel of four artists and curators reviewed 124 applications and recommended the final twelve for funding. The panelists were Fabiola R. Delgado, Experience Developer, Anacostia Community Museum (Washington, DC); Curry Hackett, Artist & Educator (Washington, DC); Thomas F. James, Executive Director, The Last Resort Artist Retreat (Baltimore, MD); and Taylor Roberts, Special Projects & Research Manager, 3Arts (Chicago, IL).