Supporting Work at the Intersection of Arts, Education,
Healing and Social Justice

Meet Our Grantees

The Bartol Foundation provides grants to the Arts community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This includes grants to Arts OrganizationsTeaching Artist Micro-Grants and the annual George Bartol Art Education Award

Teaching Artist Micro Grants

Kat Echevarria Richter

Kat Echevarría Richter

Kat Echevarría Richter (she/her) is a tap dancer who will use her grant to buy tap dancing equipment for her teaching artist practice.

Sarah Gordin

Sarah Gordin

Sarah Gordin (she/her) is a theatre artist who will use her grant to provide American Sign Language Translators at the inaugural summer touring Theatre for Young Audience production of "Without Wings."

Joy Best

Joy Best

Joy Best (she/her) is a mixed media visual artist who will use her grant to present Art Journaling Youth Workshops in Philadelphia.

Christine Castro-Tauser

Christina Castro-Tauser

Christina Castro-Tauser (she/her) is a choreographer and dancer who will use her grant for Community Choreography Workshops.

Maisie O'Brien

Maisie O'Brien

Maisie O'Brien (she/they) is a storyteller working in shadow theater and they will use their grant to buy portable equipment for teaching puppetry workshops.

Becca Graham

Becca Graham

Becca Graham (she/they) is a musician and teaching artist who will use their grant towards Love Notes' music and poetry workshops.

Salomé Cosmique

Salomé Cosmique

Salomé Cosmique (she/her) is a visual and performance artist who will use her grant for her Voces en el Parque Community Mural.

Sarah Kolker

Sarah Kolker

Sarah Kolker (she/her) is a visual artist who will use her grant to buy equipment for virtual teaching and public art projects.

Trapeta Mayson

Trapeta Mayson

Trapeta Mayson (she/her) is a poet who will use her grant to pay guest artists for a poetry workshop series.

Doriana Diaz

Doriana Diaz

Doriana Diaz (She/her) s a writer and collage artists who will use her grant to present Community Collage workshops.

Yolanda Wisher 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Yolanda Palacio

Yolanda Palacio (She/her) is a poet and musician who will use this grant to support her Guerrilla Poetic Workshop.

2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Brujo De La Mancha

Brujo De La Mancha (He/him) is a multidisciplinary teaching artist who will use this grant to help fund a community mural.

Ivonne Garcia 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Ivonne Pinto-Garcia

Ivonne Pinto-Garcia (She/her) is a visual teaching artist who will use this grant for a Day of the Dead Community project.

Donna Dorman 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Donna Dorman

Donna Dorman aka Noize (She/her) is a percussionist/drummer who will buy a computer to teach music classes virtually.

Francesca Montanile 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Francesca Montanile

Francesca Montanile (She/her) is a visual artist, using this grant for sexual education training with the goal of integrating sex education with her arts education practice.

Namarah McCall 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Namarah McCall

Namarah McCall (She/her) is a musician and storyteller who will video document her community dance project to share her process with other teaching artists.

Andrea Walls

Andrea Walls (She/her) is a multidisciplinary artist focused on poetry, photography and digital art who will use this grant to offer poetry workshop during “The Symposium of Black Joy”.

Madusmita Bora

Madusmita Bora (She/her) is a classical Indian dancer who will purchase a computer for virtual teaching of Hindu dance.

Andy Thierauf

Andy Thierauf (He/him) is a teaching artist and musician, who will use this grant to purchase equipment to teach music online.

Gilletta McGraw 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Recipient

Gigi McGraw

Gigi McGraw (She/her) is a performing artist with a focus on social practice and storytelling, using this grant for a local neighborhood storytelling/banner project.

Gbahtuo Comgbaye

Gbahtuo Comgbaye is a Liberian storyteller who will use his grant to buy eequipment to share his workshops virtually.

Cassandra Stancil Gunkel (2021) Cassandra Stancil Gunkel is a visual artist, cultural researcher and presenter who will work with older adults. For more about her work, go to https://cstancilgunkel.wixsite.com/website

Cassandra Stancil Gunkel

Cassandra Stancil Gunkel is a visual artist, cultural researcher and presenter who will work with older adults.

Gigi McGraw

Gigi McGraw (She/her) is a performing artist with a focus on social practice and storytelling, using this grant for a local neighborhood storytelling/banner project.

Karen Smith 2021 Micro-Grant recipient

Karen Smith

Karen Smith is a percussionist, playwright, director, producer, and poet. She will use her grant to purchase sound equipment to teach music virtually. Find out more at https://karensmithdrums.wixsite.com/karensmithdrums

Tiberino Teaching Artist Micro Grant Award recipient 2021

Ellen Tiberino

Ellen Tiberino is a mosaic and ceramic teaching artist who will use her grant to create a website for her visual art workshops and art. Find out more about her and her family legacy at https://tiberinomuseum.com

Nhakia 2021 Teaching artist Micro-grant

Nhakia Outland

Nhakia Outland increases s3xual health knowledge in Black, LGBTQIA & non-binary communities through fashion, advocacy, community & education. The grant will be used for their STEAM Fashion program.

GVGK Tang

GVGK Tang

GVGK is an impassioned QTPOC advocate, community organizer, and storyteller. They will use their grant to present virtual healing art workshops.

Jihan Thomas (2021) Jihan Thomas is a visual fine artist, artivist and community arts educator who will be teaching workshops for young people in her apartment building during COVID. Find out more about her work at http://bit.ly/PainMonsters

Jihan Thomas

Jihan Thomas is a visual fine artist, artivist and community arts educator who will be teaching workshops for young people in her apartment building during COVID.

Coco Allred 2021 bartol Micro-Grant award recipient

Coco Allred

Coco is an interdisciplinary artist working between sculpture, printmaking, drawing and public intervention. She will complete installation of a playground design created with Cayuga School students.

Janine Beckles (2021) Janine Beckles is a professional dancer who shares her love for dance, specifically the Martha Graham technique, in under-represented areas of West Philadelphia for young women of color. She will use her grant to buy a computer to continue to teach classes virtually.

Janine Beckles

Janine Beckles is a professional dancer who shares her love for dance, specifically the Martha Graham technique, in under-represented areas of West Philadelphia for young women of color. She will use her grant to buy a computer to continue to teach classes virtually.

Mat Tomezsko 2021 Micro Grant Recipient

Madusmita Bora

Madusmita Bora (She/her) is a classical Indian dancer who will purchase a computer for virtual teaching of Hindu dance.

Alina “Abstract” Drufovka 2021 Bartol Grant Recipient

Alina Drufovka

Alina “Abstract” Drufovka is a Colombian-American thru-hiker, painter and illustrator who will work complete a student design project with We Love Philly.

Arts Organization Grants

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents a series of performances, workshops, and commissioned works featuring Arab and non-Arab artists. More info: www.albustanseeds.org

Artistas y Musicos Latino Americans (AMLA) 2021 Bartol Foundation Arts Organization Grant

Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA)

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Artistas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) promotes the development, dissemination and understanding of Latin music in the Delaware Valley with an emphasis on music education for young people. More info: www.amla.org

Art Sphere Bartol Organizational Grant 2021

Art Sphere Inc.

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Art Sphere Inc. is a non-profit organization that targets underserved populations in an effort to engage the creativity in communities, empower neighborhoods, explore the positives in peoples’ lives, and heal the mind, body, and spirit through the arts. More info: www.artsphere.org

Beyond the Bars is a 2021 Bartol Organization Grant Recipient

Beyond the Bars

General Operating Support ($7,500)

Beyond The Bars is a student-driven music and career skills program that is dedicated to interrupting the cycles of violence and incarceration while helping its students recognize their immense potential. More info: www.beyondthebarsmusic.org

Big Picture Alliance 2021 Bartol Foundation Organization Grant Recipient

Big Picture Alliance: Teen Media Collective

($6,000)

Big Picture Alliance engages, educates and empowers Philadelphia youth through filmmaking and digital media arts. Providing transformative learning experiences that promote self-expression, collaboration, and achievement. More info: www.bigpicturealliance.org

Centro Nueva Creación

General Operating Support/Art Education ($6,000)

Centro Nueva Creación promotes resilience in young people through educational enrichment and engagement with the arts and Latino cultures. More info: www.goodlands.org

Dance Iquail 2021 Organization Grant

Dance Iquail

General Operating Support ($7,500)

DANCE IQUAIL! presents original dance works and community educational programs that engage issues of social justice, that enriches, heals and transforms through dance. More info: www.danceiquail.org

Dancing Classrooms received an Organization Grant from the Bartol Foundation of Philadelphia

Dancing Classrooms

General Operating Support ($6,000)

The Dancing Classrooms Philly fosters self-esteem, social awareness and joy in children by providing the opportunity to learn and perform social dancing. More info: www.dancingclassroomsphilly.org

Danse4Nia is a 2021 Organization Micro-Grant Recipient

Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble educates, empowers and creates the next generation of well-rounded arts advocates and citizens by presenting exceptional dance works, collaborating with artists across genres and delivering high-impact residencies. More info: www.danse4nia.org

Mamadêlê-Foundation received an Arts Organization Gran t from the Bartol Foundation of Philadelphia in 2021

Mamadêlê Foundation

General Operating Support/Arts Education ($6,000)

Mamadêlê Foundation produces performances, classes and trips which celebrate the arts and culture of Bahia, Brazil. More info: www.mamadele.org

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society received a grant in 2021 from the Bartol Foundation for General Operating Support ($6,000)

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society, Inc.

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society promotes and preserves the cultural heritage of the Chinese community in the form of Chinese Opera through educational activities and touring engagements. More info: philapcos.org

The Bartol Foundation awarded a grant to Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Philadelphia Young Playwrights

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Philadelphia Young Playwrights taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. More info: www.PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org

Philly Audio Diaries of CultureTrust received grant support from the Bartol Foundation in 2021

Philly Audio Diaries of CultureTrust

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Philly Audio Diaries trains young people in Philadelphia to tell their own stories for broadcast. More info: www.phillyaudiodiaries.com

Photography Without Borders

Photography Without Borders

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Photography Without Borders empowers young artists to tell their stories to a wider audience through photography. More info: photographywithoutborders.org

Rock to the Future: recived a grant from teh Bartol Foundation of Philadelphia

Rock to the Future

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Rock to the Future Rock to the Future provides music education for youth in Philadelphia’s underserved neighborhoods at no cost; empowering individuals and strengthening communities. More info: www.rocktothefuture.org

Scene N Action Productions Company Inc.

Scene N Action Productions Company Inc.

General Operating Support ($7,500)

Our mission is to use the performing arts as a tool to cultivate talent, creativity and self-enrichment; while simultaneously creating an inclusive community for youth both in-house and through outreach. More info: www.snapcompany.org

Scribe Video Center is a 2021 recipient of a 2021 Bartol Arts Organization grant

Scribe Video Center, Inc.

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Scribe’s mission is to explore, develop and advance the use of digital media as an artistic means for creative expression and as tools for progressive social change. More info: www.scribe.org

Sister Cities Girlchoir, 2021 Bartol Foundation Organization Grant Recipient

Sister Cities Girlchoir

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Girl empowerment choral academy for Greater Philadelphia-area. The Saturday Girlchoir Academy is the weekly designated safe space where participants build supportive social networks, develop academic skills, and foster positive life factors while fully engaged in a choral training academy. More info: sistercitiesgc.org

Spiral Q Puppet Theater is a recipient of a 2021 Bartol Foundation Grant for Arts Organizations

Spiral Q Puppet Theater

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Spiral Q is an interdisciplinary ensemble of artists, activists, and cultural organizers who work to build strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes and the courage to act on their convictions. More info: www.spiralq.org

Tibetan Association is a grant recipient for 2021 from the Bartol Foundation

Tibetan Association of Philadelphia

General Operating Support ($6,000)

The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia reserves rich and unique Tibetan culture, tradition and language. The organization teaches and passes on Tibetan language and culture to the younger generation, including unique Tibetan musical instruments. More info: www.phillytibetans.org

Theatre Exile received a Bartol Foundation Arts Organization grant for 2021

Theatre Exile Paper Wings Playwriting Program

($6,000)

Theatre Exile’s Paper Wings playwriting program encourages students to discover their artistic voices. More info: www.theatreexile.org

Unscripted Project

General Operating Support ($6,000)

The Unscripted Project’s equips students with the building blocks for personal and professional success through the power of improvisational theatre. More info: www.unscriptedproject.org

Warrior Writers of Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia: received a Bartol Foundation grant for 2021

Warrior Writers of Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia

General Operating Support ($6,000)

Our mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military experiences. More info: www.warriorwriters.org

Young Artist Program is a recipient of a 2021 Bartol Grant

Young Artist Program

General Operating Support ($7,500)

The Young Artist Program centers BIPOC, LGBTQ+ identifying youth artists as well as adult leadership. Using art as a tool for personal growth and social change by providing students with both art instruction & opportunities for political activism. More info: www.theyap.org

The George Bartol Arts Education Award

Danse4Nia

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Danse4Nia as the winner of the 2021 George Bartol Arts Education Award.

Danse4Nia engages, educates and empowers Philadelphia youth through dance. Danse4Nia is the home to a professional project-based dance company Phoenix Dance, youth dance company Nia Next and the arts education/performing arts training program Danse4Nia Conservatory.

Its mission is to educate, empower and create the next generation of well-rounded arts advocates and community members by presenting exceptional dance works, collaborating with artists across genres and delivering high impact residencies.

© 2022 Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation      1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102      267-519-5310

© 2022 Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation

1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

267-519-5310