News & Events


June 15, 2021

Our 2021 Velocity Fund Application Deadline has passed – please stay tuned for grantee announcements in August.  


March 2021

2021 Information Sessions

Join us for a free information session to learn more about eligibility and the application process at any of these scheduled events. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 6:30-8pm, Join us for Virtual First Thursdays at Venture Cafe
Drop in hours– no pre-registration required

Wednesday, April 7 at 2pm, Information Session with community partner: Philadelphia Folklore Project
On-line Event: Register Here

Tuesday, April 20, at 4pm, Information Session with community partners from the Philadelphia Collaborative Arts Consortium
On-line Event: Register Here

Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30pm, Joint-Session with The Leeway Foundation, with community partner Fleisher Art Memorial
On-line Event: Register Here

Friday, May 7th at 4pm
Information Session with community partners Taller Puertorriqueño and Vox Populi featuring 2019 Velocity Fund grantee Raúl Romero
On-line Event: Register Here

Monday, May 10th at noon
Joint-Session with CFEVA’s Philadelphia Open Studios
On-line Event: Register Here

Wednesday, May 12 at 5pm
Information Session with University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
On-line Event: Register Here

Friday, May 14 at 1pm 
Information Session at Cherry Street Pier
Outdoor Event: Register Here to attend in-person

Wednesday, May 12 at 5pm
Information Session with University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
On-line Event: Register Here

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:00pm
Velocity Fund Information Session at The Schuylkill Environmental Center with 2020 grantees Diente and Sky Fo and Yaroub Al-Obaidi.
Outdoor Event: Register Here to attend in person

Tuesday, May 25th at 6pm
Instagram Live – featuring FORTUNE, Asian Arts Initiative and Rob Blackson

Wednesday,  May 26, 2021 at 5:30pm 
CapitalNOW Event: CERF+, Leeway Foundation, and The Velocity Fund come together to share information about their grant programs and upcoming deadlines.
On-line Event: Register here.

Thursday, June 3rd, 6:30-8pm, Join Us Virtual First Thursdays at Venture Cafe
Drop in hours– no pre-registration required

Friday, June 4, at noon, Velocity Fund Information Session at The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden with 2020 grantee Pedro Ospina.
Outdoor Event: Advanced registration and mask required.

Anytime!  Asynchronous Information Session – view our SlideDeck at your convenience.

Need one-on-one application support? Schedule office-hours with our team by emailing velocity@philadelphiacontemporary.org

Stay tuned as we will continue to update these listings over the next few months.


December 2020
Added Velocity 2020 Announces Grants to Support Five Philadelphia-based Art Projects

Added Velocity will fund five ambitious projects led by Philadelphia-based artists with grants of $15,000 (each) to build on the successes of their initial Velocity Fund initiatives in the coming year. Added Velocity—which is administered by Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, with generous support from the William Penn Foundation—builds on the momentum of The Velocity Fund by directly supporting five previously funded Velocity Fund grantees who demonstrate a commitment to expanding their initial projects in meaningful and far-reaching ways in Philadelphia.

The 2020 Added Velocity grantees are:
Black Spatial Relics 2021 Convening (Arielle Julia Brown*)
A PHONEBOOK/ Philadelphia Packaging Company (Érica Mukai Faria*)
Sound Music Collective/ Virtual Sound Museum (Elissa Flute*)
Migrations and Movements (Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela*)
FORTUNE/Many Folds Press  (Heidi Ratanavanich*)
(*denotes lead artist)

Read more about the projects here.

Arielle Julia Brown, Black Spacial Relics, 2019 Mutual Aid in Black Performance Think-tank. Photo credit: Shanel Edwards.
Arielle Julia Brown, Black Spacial Relics, 2019 Mutual Aid in Black Performance Think-tank. Photo credit: Shanel Edwards.
Marissa Johnson Valenzuela, No Otro Lado Music Video Still
Marissa Johnson Valenzuela, No Otro Lado Music Video Still
Philadelphia Packaging Company; care of Érica Mukai Faria and Tyler Burdenski.
Philadelphia Packaging Company; care of Érica Mukai Faria and Tyler Burdenski.
FORTUNE (Andrienne Palchick, Heidi Ratanavanich and Connie Yu), Completed Boxed Set
FORTUNE (Andrienne Palchick, Heidi Ratanavanich and Connie Yu), Completed Boxed Set
Elissa Flute, Sound Music Collective
Elissa Flute, Sound Music Collective

This year’s grantees proposed a wide range of projects, from masked dance parties to digital convenings, alternative phonebooks to curated electronic music tutorials—each with the goal of deepening impact within Philadelphia communities through creative intervention, connecting in new ways during this time of social distancing.

The 2020 Added Velocity grantee projects were selected from the 2019 Velocity Fund supported projects.  The Velocity Fund is one of the numerous Regional Regranting programs established with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to fund “under-the-radar artistic activity” by partnering with leading cultural institutions in cities across the nation where the level of self-organized artistic activity is the highest.

Added Velocity applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of arts administrators and curators: Roya Amirsoleymani, Artistic Director and Curator of Public Engagement at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Meg Onli, Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; and Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This same panel met in 2019 to decide the initial grants, so this process presents a unique opportunity to revisit the outcome of prior funding. 

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Added Velocity proposals and to revisit some of the incredible projects of the 2019 grantees. It was particularly impressive to see the ways that these proposals reflected on the impact of the existing projects and reconsidered the way that collaborative and community-based work can function in the midst of a pandemic. The expansive and adaptive thinking in these proposals is amazing and a testament to the creativity and tenacity of all of the collaborators.”
– Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art

“Having had the honor of serving on last year’s Velocity Fund jury panel, and now this first round of Added Velocity funding, I have been afforded a glimpse into the compelling creative practices and deep community engagement of some of Philadelphia’s most committed contemporary artists and cultural workers. In these extraordinarily challenging times, the thoughtfulness and perseverance of the city’s artists is evident and inspiring. I commend all of the applicants and look forward to seeing the grant recipients’ projects evolve. Many thanks to the Velocity Fund team for their robust support of Philadelphia’s local arts landscape, and for inviting me to participate in their selection process. “
– Roya Amirsoleymani,  Artistic Director and Curator of Public Engagement at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art


 

COVID-19 Artist Emergency Relief Grants applications are now closed.

We will complete the final round of funding in May 2021.

The first drawing was Monday, April 27, 2020; subsequent rounds were held on June 17, August 31, and November 30, 2020.


August 2020

The Velocity Fund awards grants to 12 Philadelphia-based art projects in its 3rd year of re-granting

For 2020, The Velocity Fund is proud to announce the results of its third year of re-granting. Twelve new art projects—conceived by Philadelphia artists—will be awarded $5,000 each.

The 2020 Velocity Fund grantees are:

  • Yaroub Alobaidi – Al Mudhif The Traditional Reed Guest House
  • Nia Benjamin/Ninth Planet – Honey Honey Community Film Project
  • Diente Fo – Gente De Tierra
  • Annielille Gavino – De(scribing) Filipinx
  • Cecilia Gonzalez Barragan – Alumbra: Placemaking Through Light
  • John Jarboe/The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Company – Late Night Snacks Take Out Cabaret
  • Daiyon Kpou – JUICE Visual Art Exhibition and Film Showcase
  • Pedro Ospina – Reaffirming, Reviving and Reinventing
  • Melissa B. Skolnick-Noguera/Timbalona – Rumba en Filadelfia
  • Kristal Sotomayor – Expanding Sanctuary
  • Lendl Tellington – Philly 76′
  • Rashid Zakat – Hold it Down

You can read more about the projects here.

Applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of arts administrators, curators and artists: Karen Patterson, Curator at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM); Deidre McPherson, Department Director of Public Programs at The Cleveland Museum of Art; Peter Nesbett, Keeper of Imaginative Futures (aka Executive Director) of Washington Project for the Arts; and Raúl Romero, Philadelphia-based artist and 2019 Velocity Fund Grantee.

This year’s grantees proposed a wide range of projects including portable cabarets, audio visual publications, light installations, collaborative sculpture, documentaries and exhibitions—each focused on connection with communities throughout Philadelphia. Many of these dynamic projects envision new forms of outreach during the pandemic. As panelist Peter Nesbett said: 

“The pluck and resilience of Philadelphia’s independent cultural producers is inspiring, especially in our current moment. As for the projects we reviewed, many struck me as perpetuating a rich dialogue amongst the normally distinct realms of art, heritage, and folklore. I am excited to see the projects we were able to fund come to fruition.”

Karen Patterson also noticed a theme emerging in the pool of 77 applications for this year’s funding:

“I was struck by the common thread running through the applicants this year. There was an urgent request to move more voices, more ways of seeing the world, into the spotlight. And not just a traditional spotlight of museums or institutions, but into communities, parks, and homes. It is my hope that these requests, these applications, signal a commitment to the creative process as a means of connecting people to their surroundings and to the world at large.”

Raúl Romero added, “I’m excited to see how the Velocity Fund will help amplify the many voices of these artists that are so vital to be heard during these times!” 

Due to continued health guidance prohibiting large gatherings, we will not be holding a public reception to celebrate the 2020 Velocity Fund grantees at this time. 


Added Velocity—in its Inaugural Year—Announces Grant to Support Five Philadelphia-based Art Projects

Added Velocity will fund five ambitious projects led by Philadelphia-based artists $15,000 (each) to build on the successes of their initial Velocity Fund initiatives. Added Velocity—which is administered by Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture with generous support from the William Penn Foundation—builds on the momentum of The Velocity Fund by directly supporting successful previous grantees who demonstrate a commitment to expanding their initial projects in meaningful and far-reaching ways in Philadelphia.

Each of applicants were 2018 Velocity Fund grantees – initially selected from a pool of over 120 proposals. 


The 2019 Added Velocity grantees are:
APIARY Magazine (Steven Burns*) 
Black Quantum Futurism (Rasheedah Phillips*) 
Creative Resilient Youth (CRY) (Andrea Ngan*) 
Reentry Think Tank: Reentry Bill of Rights’, (Mark Strandquist*) 
Speak Speak, Walk Walk… Listen (Amy Hicks*)
(*denotes lead organizer of the project)

Applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of arts administrators and curators: Courtney Fink, co-founder and executive director of Common Field; Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York City; and Philadelphia-based independent curator Blake Bradford.  This same panel met in 2018 to decide the initial grants, so this process presents a unique opportunity to revisit the outcome of prior funding.  This year’s grantees proposed a wide range of projects –from walking tours to speculative time portals, magazines to youth-led projects– each with the goal of deepening impact within Philadelphia communities through the creative intervention.

Rob Blackson, director of exhibitions and public programs, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, says of the process: “This year’s inaugural Added Velocity grantees are a testament to the necessity of connecting artists with communities throughout Philadelphia. I am so excited to see how each of these creative initiatives will continue to grow thanks to the Velocity Fund and support from the William Penn Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.”  

You can read more about the 2019 Added Velocity projects here.


The Velocity Fund awards grants to 14 Philadelphia-based art projects for its second year of re-granting

The Velocity Fund, an Andy Warhol Foundation Regional Regranting Program, administered by Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, directly supports visual artists living in the city of Philadelphia. In The Velocity Fund’s second year of re-granting, fourteen new art projects conceived by Philadelphia artists have been awarded $5,000 each, after being selected from a pool of 118 applicants. This year’s grantees proposed a wide range of projects from research, publications, critical writing and zines, to crafts, workshops and installations.

The 2019 Velocity Fund grantees:
  • Arielle Brown* – Black Spatial Relics
  • Ryan Collerd* – A Polymath’s Sphere (working title)
  • Lillian Dunn* – The Medicine Grows Close to the Wound
  • Erica Faria* – Phonebook: The Gold Pages
  • Elissa Fredeen* – Sound Museum Collective
  • Maddie Hewitt* – Confluence
  • Nadia Hironaka* –Las Ruinas Circulares
  • Heather Holmes* – Conflicts of Interest
  • Sterling Johnson* – War on People
  • Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela* – No Otro Lado Music Video Series
  • Jonathan Olshefski* – Whispers in the Storm
  • Raúl Romero* – Onomonopoetics of a Puerto Rican Landscape
  • Robin Turnage* –Pottery Workshops
  • Connie Yu* – FORTUNE in the Year of the Rat

* Lead organizer of the project

Applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of arts administrators, curators and artists: Roya Amirsoleymani, Artistic Director and Curator of Public Engagement at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Meg Onli, Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Karina Puente, Philadelphia-based artist and 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee.

The public is invited to celebrate The Velocity Fund grantees at an award ceremony on Monday, September 16th at 6 p.m. at the Cherry Street Pier, 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.


Velocity Fund awards inaugural grants to 14 Philadelphia-based art projects

The Velocity Fund, a new program created by Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art to directly support visual artists living in the city of Philadelphia, has announced its inaugural grant winners. Fourteen new art projects conceived by Philadelphia artists—most of them proposing to work collaboratively—were selected from more than 120 applicants to receive awards of up to $5,000.

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The 2018 Velocity Fund Grantees:
  • Aislinn Pentecost-Farren* and Corey Chao – Quarantine Play
  • Amy Hicks*, Talia Greene, Michael Konrad, Maggie Mills, Jed Morfit, Ephraim Russell and Marianna Williams (GrizzyGrizzly) – Speak Speak Blog and Publication
  • Andrea Ngan*, Michelle Delgado, Elizabeth Weinstein and Bennett Kuhn (Creative Resilience Collective) –
  • Brooke O’Harra* and Sharon Hayes – Time Passes
  • Davelle Barnes* – The Black Veterans Art Conference
  • Karina Puente* and Yolanda Wisher – #SisterlyHistory
  • Mark Strandquist* and Courtney Bowles – The Reentry Think Tank
  • Martha O’Connell * (Amber Art & Design) – Strawberry Mansion Up Close
  • Strategic Communications Group
  • Rasheedah Phillips* and Camae Ayewa (Black Quantum Futurism) – Black Womxn Temporal Portal
  • Sarah Mueller* (cinéSPEAK) – The cinéSPEAK Youth Crew
  • Steve Burns*, Alexa Smith, Warren Longmire, Kai Davis, Kareem Groomes and Miriam Harris (APIARY Magazine) – APIARY X
  • Timothy Belknap* and Taji Ra’oof Nahl, a.k.a. TR7 – Drape and Cladding
  • Yvonne Lung* and Dave Kyu – Dish – the Mealkit

* Lead organizer of the project

Established with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Velocity Fund is one of 12 Regional Regranting programs launched by the foundation to fund “under-the-radar artistic activity” by partnering with leading cultural institutions in cities across the nation where the level of self-organized artistic activity is the highest. The Velocity Fund is the first Warhol Foundation-supported regional re-granting program in Pennsylvania, and only the second on the East Coast between Maine and Florida.

Applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of arts administrators and curators: Courtney Fink, co-founder and executive director of Common Field; Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York City; and Philadelphia-based independent curator Blake Bradford.

“The decision-making process was a difficult one for our panelists, with so many fantastic and and diverse projects vying for a limited number of grants,” said Robert Blackson, director of Temple Contemporary. “The quantity of applications and the quality of the artists seeking funding proved that Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and vibrant artistic community. It also demonstrated the urgent need for direct funding for artists—especially at a time when federal funding for artists has declined sharply. I can’t wait to see what these artists create.”

Blackson noted that the grantees represent the types of artists that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting programs most seek to reach: professional visual artists working in informal, non-incorporated collectives on projects with the broadest possible range of public outcomes, including websites, books, performances, screenings and more.

The public is invited to celebrate the inaugural class of Velocity Fund grantees at a ceremony on September 11 at 6 p.m. at Temple Contemporary in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University’s Main Campus (2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19118).

The Velocity Fund directly supports artists to organize ​new ​collaborative projects throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5000.

Philadelphia’s visual artists are a diverse community of makers and thinkers from multiple social, economic and cultural backgrounds. The ​Velocity ​Fund is open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres leading to expanded audiences, fresh outcomes and an enriched multi-disciplinary discourse.

The Velocity Fund is administered by Philadelphia Contemporary and is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’s Regional Regranting Program.