Define American is pleased to announce a pair of project grants to members of our inaugural class of undocumented artist fellows. The Define American Undocumented Artist Fellowship is the first national artist fellowship for undocumented artists working in all mediums. It offers support to immigrant artists across the United States.
Two projects from the 2019 class of artists have received extended funding from Define American:
- Christian Arteaga’s one-person theater production, using verbatim theater, interviews, mixed media, and personal experience to reflect the life of an undocumented person, as told by an undocumented person, will premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June.
- Karla Rosas and Fernando Lopez’s collaborative multimedia portrait series Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos (The Faces We See, The Hearts We Don’t) spotlights key members of the New Orleans community who are shaping its history from the bottom up and represent the corazon or “heart” of the city. The artists will use the funds to celebrate the organizers profiled and the communities in which they work.
The 2019 fellows included eight artists working in five states. They are painters, sculptors, musicians, designers, illustrators, photographers, performance artists, and experimental filmmakers. Artist fellows partnered with community based organizations on innovative, mutually beneficial projects.
Applications for the 2020 Artist Fellowship will be posted in March. Sign up to receive information on the upcoming fellowship year!