Teaching Artist Micro-Grants

The Bartol Foundation’s Micro-Grants directly respond to a critical need reflected in the local creative community. These micro-grants reflect a timely method of support to ensure that community-based creative projects and partnerships can be completed while helping creative “artrepreneurs” persist and thrive.

The Bartol Foundation/Teaching Artist Micro-Grants support individual teaching artists who are actively engaged in a community project with grants of $500. You can check out all of the grantees below.

Note: In 2020, we made our selections for the micro-grant winners just as the COVID-19 pandemic closed all schools and community programs. In recognition of these difficult circumstances, we enabled each teaching artist to define how they could use the micro-grant funds to strengthen their teaching artist practice during the shutdown (e.g. developing curriculum, delivering remote programs, creating a website) and sent the grants immediately.

Applications for 2021 micro-grants will available in early 2021.

2020 Micro-Grantees

Keisha Whatley

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Keisha Whatley

Keisha Whatley is a visual artist and graphics + web designer. She works in conjunction with high schoolers at Parkway Northwest HS for Peace and Social Justice to amplify their voices and civic engagement. For more on her work, visit @customartsstudio on instagram.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020:  Morris Jones

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Morris Jones

Morris Jones is a visual artist. He works with black students in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, providing regular accessible art programming for them.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Ashley Davis

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis is a storyteller, theatre artist, writer and poet. They work with black queer communities local to Philadelphia helping with nurturing and creating their support networks. For more on their work, visit @ashleydavis_art on instagram.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Candy Gonzalez

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Candy Gonzalez

Candy Gonzalez is a visual artist and poet. They work with communities of color in Philadelphia at Moore College, assisting with collaboration and creating platforms for representation. For more on their work, visit @candy_alexandra1 on instagram.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Jasmine "Mizz Jasz" Hawkins

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Jasmine “Mizz Jasz” Hawkins

Jasmine Hawkins (Mizz Jasz) is a poet and theatre artist. She works with black high school seniors and encourages them to become more deeply connected to the works they create as well as exploring their identities. For more on her work, visit @mizzjasz on instagram.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Karen Singer

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Karen Singer

Karen Singer is a ceramic tile and watercolor artist. As a long-time Germantown resident, she focuses primarily on art projects in her neighborhood focusing on strengthening and cherishing her vibrant community. For more on her work, visit her on Facebook.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Mark Palmer

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer is a professionally trained percussionist and dancer since age three.  He works closely with young black men in North Philly and surrounding neighborhoods to encourage growth in life through music and creative disciplines.

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Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Nai-whedai Sheriff


Nai-whedai Sheriff is a dancer. She works with women of color ages 12 to 18 to help encourage pride and self-value within them through movement and dance. For more on her work, visit @whedaisheriff on instagram.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Robert Seitz

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Robert Seitz

Robert Seitz is a visual artist -utilizing graphic design, printmaking and mixed media. He works with student communities K-12 at the Roxborough Library, championing diversity and putting their artworks on display. For more on his work, visit his website – the virtual flower garden.

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Shivon Watson

Micro-Grant Awardee 2020: Shivon Watson

Shivon Watson is a storyteller and culinary artist. She focuses her work on young people, teaching them to nourish themselves and their communities. Through reading, cooking and creative writing she supports their need of self- expression. For more on her work, visit @our_mothers_kitchens on instagram.

2019 Micro-Grantees

Microgrant Awardee: Carolyn Chernoff (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Carolyn Chernoff (2019)

Carolyn Chernoff is a zines and narrative artist.  This project grant will support Arts of Resistance Zine Workshops.  For more information:  www.carolynchernoff.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Enoch the Poet (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Enoch the Poet (2019)

Enoch the Poet is, well, a poet.  This project grant will support Wellness/Writing Workshops at the Woodstock Family Center.  For more information: enochthepoet.com. 

Microgrant Awardee: Erika Guadalupe Nunez (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Erika Guadalupe Nunez (2019)

Erika Guadalupe is a visual artist working in folkloric art and printmaking.  This project grant will support Dia de los Muertos Workshops and a Celebration Event in conjunction with Juntos.  For more information: https://www.leeway.org/who_we_are/erika_guadalupe_nunez and/or https://www.instagram.com/monequiltia

Microgrant Awardee: Gabriela Sanchez (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Gabriela Sanchez (2019)

Gabriela Sanchez is a theatre, storytelling, and multidisciplinary artist.  This project grant will support theatre classes in conjunction with Power Street Theatre Company’s production of MinorityLand . For more information:  www.powerstreettheatre.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Gabrielle Clark (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Gabrielle Clark (2019)

Gabrielle Clark is a multi-displinary artist working in journalism, storytelling, visual Arts and photography.  This project grant will support the  Visual Storytelling Project centered on Black Women and Femmes.  For more information:  www.gabrielleSclark.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Jamal Parker (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Jamal Parker (2019)

Jamal Parker is a writer and theatre artist. This project grant will support a Spoken Word and Poetry Workshop Series.  For more information:  https://www.newerapoets.com/jamalparker

Microgrant Awardee: Jaye McNair Obaseki  (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Jaye McNair Obaseki (2019)

Jaye McNair Obaseki is a multi-disciplinary artist working in textile, fiber art, and narrative storytelling.  This project grant will support Identity Quilt Workshops focused on girls.  For more  information email:  queenjaye.mcnair@gmail.com.

 

Microgrant Awardee: Marcy Francis (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Marcy Francis (2019)

Marcy Francis is a music and folk arts artist.  This project grant will support an After-school Sekere Percussion Program.  For more information email:  missladyfingersbass@gmail.com

 

Microgrant Awardee: Mira Treatman (2019)

Microgrant Awardee: Mira Treatman (2019)

Mira Treatman is a dance and theatre artist.  This project grant will support Duets with Strangers Community Dance Classes.  For more information: www.miratreatman.com.

2018 Micro-Grantees

Microgrant Awardee: Alexandra King (2018)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.