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 its mission, SBMA’s annual micro-grants are intended to support the creative momentum and persistence of individual artists.

The Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-grants support individual teaching artists who are actively engaged in a community project with grants of $500.  Our first ten grants were made in 2018 and you can check them out here.  The next application deadline will be in the late summer of 2019.  You can find out more from our partners at Small But Mighty Arts.

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: ChaCha N’Kole (2018)

ChaCha N’Kole is an international fashion designer, philanthropist, motivator, and educator. Her grant will support The SEWcial Café, pronounced The Social Café, a community sewing space for women to create, collaborate, and develop handmade products. More info at http://www.thesewcialcafe.com

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.


Microgrant Awardee: Emily Bate (2018)

Emily Bate is a teaching artist who creates original work using amateur singers, empowering people to discard negative beliefs about their abilities and claim their voices. Her grant will support expanding the “Trust Your Moves” community choir. More info at http://emilybate.com

Microgrant Awardee: Li Sumpter (2018)

Li Sumpter is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work addresses social justice and environmental issues. Her grant will support the creation of BOOM4REALEmergency Response Kiosk, a super-sized “little free library” in North Philly Peace Park. More info at http://www.mythmediastudios.com/

Microgrant Awardee: Misty Sol (2018)

Misty Sol is an interdisciplinary artist, visual artist (painter and gardener), writer (poetry and prose) and educator. Her grant will support a workshop at Art Sanctuary that connects agriculture, nature, and African American art. More info at https://www.instagram.com/mamamistysol/

Microgrant Awardee: Rose Benson (2018)

Rose Benson is a fine artist and a registered nurse anesthetist at Temple University Hospital whose work takes an investigative look into the needs of women affected by violence. Her grant will support handmade books featuring stories of women who have survived gun violence.

Microgrant Awardee: Shanel Edwards (2018)

Shanel Edwards is a dancer, photographer, poet, and educator who uses artistry as activism. Their grant will support free dance classes for the Black Queer/Trans communities. More info at https://www.instagram.com/shaneledwardsart/

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.