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.