WaveMaker Grants, administered by Cannonball, is made possible by lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is part of the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program. Part of a national network of Warhol-initiated re-granting programs, WaveMaker Grants is the first in the southeast. For more information about the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program, please click here.
WaveMaker Grants brings critical support to the growing number of innovative, artist-driven endeavors that make up Miami-Dade County’s burgeoning cultural landscape. WaveMaker Grants focuses on experimental, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace.
WaveMaker Grants provides monetary awards—individual grants of up to $10,000—to foster the development of non-commercial, non-institutional projects that are accessible to the public via process, presentation, production, or publication, and profoundly impact the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s vibrant arts community.
Though remaining flexible and responsive, WaveMaker Grants presently offers support in the following three categories:
New Work/Projects: To support the creation and presentation of new work or projects that are artist-driven, artist-centric, and innovative in concept and form.
Long-Haul Projects: In response to Miami’s seemingly insatiable appetite for what is new, fast, and fashionable, this category supports the continuation or completion of existing long-term projects, highlighting the value in the time, focus, and determination required to take-on and ultimately finish lengthy artistic pursuits.
R&D/Implementation: To support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. Upon completion of the R & D phase of this category, grantees will be invited to submit a short-form proposal to receive additional funds to implement their projects.
The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events, and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.
The seven re-granting programs, developed and facilitated by organizations in San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Portland (OR), Miami, and Portland (ME) provide grants of up to $5,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work.
WaveMaker Grants Logo
A sharp and immensely talented artist and designer, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova created the logo for WaveMaker Grants Cycle 2. The logo was through commissioned through his design studio Fulano Inc.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (b. 1973 Havana, Cuba) immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1980 during the Mariel boat lift. He currently lives and works in Miami, FL. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design and the New World School of the Arts where he was awarded the Frances Wolfson Endowed Visual Arts Scholarship, and has completed residencies at the Capri Palace in Capri, Italy (2009) as well as the Vermont Studio Center (2007). In 2011 he attended the artist-in-residence Ville de Paris-Cultures France program at the Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Recollets in Paris.
Rodriguez-Casanova has exhibited throughout the US and abroad in numerous exhibitions including installations at Socrates Sculpture Park and Sculpture Center in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Solo Project, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, ZONA MACO, Mexico City, DF, Mexico (2013); The Fabric of a Space, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2012); Una Mirada Multiple: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for the Havana Biennial (2012); An Uneven Floor, Locust Projects, Miami (2010) and You might sleep but you will never dream, David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2009).
His work has been featured in various publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Arte al Dia, Art Nexus and the Miami Herald. He is in the public permanent collections of CIFO: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU, and the Bass Museum of Art as well as in several private collections throughout the United States.
He received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Arts in 2004 and in 2011. In 2010, he was awarded the Cintas Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts.