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U.S.V.I. Artist La Vaughn Belle Selected For CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency
Updated: Jan 10, 2021
The CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency provided opportunities for 24 cultural practitioners from the English, French, Spanish and Dutch speaking Caribbean to be supported while safely remaining in their studios/work-spaces, each received a $3,000 USD stipend to produce work over a two-month period. The program targets individuals exploring the critical key themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice which are so relevant to the region.
Using this residency as an opportunity for the growth of their practice, the Stay Home residents will also share blog posts bi-monthly about the work they are doing. This blog will facilitate artists’ reflections on their process and practice while documenting the experience for both their benefit and that of the wider public. The blog will be hosted on the CATAPULT online platforms.
CATAPULT | A CARIBBEAN ARTS GRANT
Kingston Creative, Fresh Milk and the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ introduce CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant – a group of six new initiatives supporting Caribbean Creatives. These funding opportunities will increase the visibility of over 1,000 Caribbean-based artists, creatives and cultural practitioners to global audiences, provide much needed financial support, and develop the creative skills of our artists. Now more than ever in light of COVID-19, it is critical to think about artists having an online presence, valuing the work of Caribbean artists, and enabling their growth. CATAPULT will target participants living and working across the Dutch, English, French, and Spanish regions. This four-month comprehensive arts programme includes online events, art writing and journalism sessions, technical training, residencies and virtual discursive salons. CATAPULT is particularly interested in working with practitioners who are exploring the broad critical themes of Culture, Human Rights, Gender, LGBTQIA+, and Climate Justice from Caribbean perspectives and especially welcomes applications from those who do not have permanent employment at this time.
CATAPULT will increase the capacity of Caribbean-based artists to navigate the digital space and learn new ways to connect with diverse global audiences. It will also promote the visibility of selected cultural practitioners by expanding online content from the region, enabling the region’s artists to engage wider audiences while contributing to the potential of earning beyond their borders.