12 artists and collectives receive grants of up to $6,000 each to produce publicly engaged projects across Miami

WaveMaker Grants, an Andy Warhol Foundation funded regional re-granting program administered by Miami-based nonprofit Locust Projects, announces the grantees for 2019. Twelve grant recipients were selected from approximately 100 applicants. WaveMaker grantees are awarded up to $6,000 for a total of $60,000 in 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 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. With support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting program, WaveMaker grants have provided four cycles of vital funds supporting Miami-based artists, collectives, curators and more, at critical moments in the development and implementation of publicly accessible, innovative projects across Miami-Dade County.

“As part of Locust Projects mission to support artists with opportunities and resources to advance their careers, WaveMaker grants is an important program that helps support artistic practice at various stages – from idea inception to implementation—even over the long-haul,” says Lorie Mertes, Executive Director at Locust Projects. “Focused to support projects by Miami-based artists in publicly accessible venues, WaveMaker exposes audiences to innovative artistic practices in non-institutional/non-traditional spaces and serves as a catalyst for dialogue and exchange.”

Grantees for the fifth cycle of WaveMaker Grants were selected by an independent juror panel of distinguished arts professionals: Daniel Fuller, Curator at Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, Georgia), Natasha L Logan, Associate Director of Public Projects at Creative Time (New York, New York), Phillip Agnew, 2017 WaveMaker Recipient & Co-Founder of Smoke Signals Studios (Miami, Florida) and Carolina García Jayaram, President of CGJ Consulting (Miami); former President & CEO National YoungArts Foundation, and Co-Founder of Cannonball (formerly LegalArt). The jurors selected the grant recipients based on the projects’ conceptual rigor and relevance to the local cultural, geographic, and socio-economic context, uniquely innovative and visionary impact on the local community, and the accessibility of the resulting project to the public.


Locust Projects expands with Cannonball's WaveMaker and LegalLink programs

Two of Miami’s important artist resource programs will now be housed at Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space

(Miami, FL):  Locust Projects is pleased to announce the expansion of its programming to include Cannonball’s WaveMaker Grant and LegalLink programs. “We’re thrilled to bring these two significant resources under the umbrella of our programmatic offerings at Locust Projects extending our commitment to serving as a resource and community hub for artists living and working in South Florida,” said Lorie Mertes, Executive Director of Locust Projects.  

“Cannonball has found the perfect partner in Locust Projects to sustain our core programs.  Locust Projects will carry the torch of WaveMaker and LegalLink into a new era.  These programs serve a vital need in the South Florida arts community and will complement Locust’s existing programming and services,” said Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Co-Founder of Cannonball, and Brian Heller, Vice-Chairman.

WaveMaker Grants is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program, and was the first in the southeast. Since 2015, WaveMaker has awarded forty grants through a juried process supporting projects that are non-commercial, non-institutional, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, and expose audiences to innovative artistic practices typically under-recognized by traditional venues.

LegalLink serves the legal needs of artists and arts organizations in Florida by pairing them with attorneys who volunteer their time on a pro bono basis. They assist with all types of legal issues, including estate planning, family law, immigration, contracts, business law, real estate, taxes, copyright, trademark, and more. For many artists, LegalLink has been a vital resource in their attempts to protect their work and empower their careers.  LegalLink assists over 100 artists and arts organizations annually.

Cannonball was founded in 2003 as LegalArt to support emerging artists by providing free legal services and professional development programs. These initiatives, which were co-presented throughout Miami with partner organizations, were created expressly to professionalize, sustain, and advance artists’ careers.

“Locust Projects is thankful for Cannonball’s contributions to our artistic community and we look forward to honoring their legacy by presenting these impactful programs at Locust.”


Founded by three artists in 1998 in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Locust Projects is a Miami-based not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with support from: The Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Cowles Charitable Trust; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant; Locust Projects Exhibitionist and Significant Others Members.

PRESS INQUIRIES: For additional information, please contact: Lorie Mertes, executive director or 305-576-8570

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