The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), http://www.pica.org/, is proud to announce The Precipice Fund, a major new granting initiative for Portland-based unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects.
Formed with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Precipice Fund expands Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program to the Northwest, creating new channels of support for “vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity.”
Rachel Bers, Program Director for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, explains that, “by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country, the program allows the [Warhol] Foundation to reach the population of informal artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events, and other projects.”
PICA’s Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy describes the local scene, “Artist-run organizations, initiatives, and projects don’t only fill the gaps in our art ecosystem, they ARE our ecosystem.”
According to Kennedy, this new fund will, “allow PICA to formalize support for these vital projects and to ensure that they remain where they want to be: on the edge of the city, on the edge of practice, on the edge of an institutional structure.”
Through The Precipice Fund, PICA hopes to award between 15 and 20 small grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, for a total of $75,000 annually.