Teaching Artist Microgrants

This new partnership between the Bartol Foundation and Small But Mighty Arts (SBMA) directly responds to a critical need reflected in the local creative community.  The SBMA micro-grant is a timely, critical method of support to ensure that the creative projects, partnerships, and performances that artists create, not only see the light of day, but create a beneficial resource for creative “artrepreneurs” to persist and thrive. In the interest of our mission, our annual micro-grants are intended to support the creative momentum and persistence of individual artists.

The Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-grants will support individual teaching artists who are actively engaged in a community project with grants of $500.  The first of two rounds of grants were made in June 2018 and can be viewed here.  A second round of applications will open on Monday, August 27th with an application deadline of Saturday, September 8, 2018 at noon.

Watch this space to apply or join our Teaching Artist mailing list here.

Microgrant Awardee: Alexandra King (2018)

Alexandra King is a theatre artist whose practice includes facilitating performances within communities.  Her grant will support Theatre of the Oppressed Training for Living Well Theatre, a collective of elder African-Americans who create performances about public health.

Microgrant Awardee: Chris Coyle (2018)

Chris Coyle is a bassist, composer and music educator based in Philadelphia, PA.  He will use his micro-grant to buy music/sound equipment for use in school residencies.  More info at http://www.chriscoylemusic.com.

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Microgrant Awardee: Ellen Reynolds (2018)

Ellen Reynolds is a filmmaker whose work includes projects with children at the center.  Her grant will support documentation of an animation and poetry workshop with children.  More info at http://ellenreynolds.net.


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Microgrant Awardee: Grace Sheahan (2018)

Grace Sheahan is a jewelry artist, painter and arts educator based in Philadelphia.  Her grant will support an after-school jewelry-making club at a  Philadelphia elementary school. More info at http://www.gracemieloji.com.


Microgrant Awardee: Yinka Orafidiya (2018)

Yinka Orafidiya is a socially engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia, PA.  Her project will share ceramic practices learned in Ghana.  More information at http://www.yinkaorafidiya.com.