APPLYING FOR EN FOCO’S MEDIA FUND: INSIGHTS FOR SUCCESS
Tuesday, December 14, 6-7pm
En Foco’s Media Arts Work in Progress (WIP) Fund is a grant to support New York City artists of color who engage with digital media technologies in their art-making processes. In collaboration with BronxNet, these $2,000 awards will focus on applicants needing support for the completion of a quality work in progress, as determined by a panel of professionals such as multidisciplinary artist Arantxa Araujo. Araujo will join En Foco’s Director of Operations Kim Vaquedano-Rose and moderator/consultant Charlie Vazquez for a behind-the-scenes look at the submissions’ evaluation process, which will provide applicants with insights for success.
Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist with a background in neuroscience. Her work is feminist and rooted in bio-behavioral research. Explorations of gender constructions, performativity and identity, and the politics of migration are seen and experienced in her installations, which include video, sound, photography, mapping, light, and performance. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Museum, the Radical Women Latin American Art Exhibit, Chashama Space to Present, Grace Exhibition Space, Glasshouse Gallery, Queens Museum, and throughout the world. Araujo is a Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art award recipient (2019-2020), BAC grantee (2020), an LMCC (2019) grantee and has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship (2019-2020), Creative Capital taller (2018), ITP Camp (2018, 2019) and EMERGENYC (2017). Araujo was awarded a full scholarship from the Mexican government institution CONACYT (2012). She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.
Kim Vaquedano-Rose oversees En Foco’s Photography and Media Fund Fellowships, the publication of Nueva Luz, digitization of the permanent collection, professional development events, staff management, fundraising, and exhibitions. She brings 12 years’ experience in exhibition management after coordinating and overseeing over 60 exhibits during her tenure at Bronx Council on the Arts’ Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, where she also served as assistant manager for the artist grants programs. She managed the Longwood Art Gallery until 2018, when she became En Foco’s Director of Operations. Kim is a graduate of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ Art Handlers Training Program, which she completed in 2006.
Charlie Vazquez is an author and art consultant specializing in copywriting and grant writing. He has studied story craft for over twenty years and has designed, facilitated, and funded arts and wellness programs for the NYC Department of Health, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and PEN America, serving low-income communities, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQI youth-of-color, and senior citizens.
Organizations that have sought him as a panelist include the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Public Library, the South Carolina Arts Commission, Humanities New York, and Scholastic Books.
En Foco is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and BronxCare Health System.
Additional support is provided by Jerome Foundation, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, The Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund Culpeper Arts and Culture, New York Community Trust Mosaic Network & Fund, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Aguado-Pavlick Arts Fund.