Six New Project Proposals for Grant Cycle #2

This second Mutual Aid Micro Grant cycle began in October and will finish up this month after the grant members select one of the following proposals.  You can see all of the proposals in their glorious detail here, or simply scroll down and follow the links to those that strike your fancy.

I'm very impressed by the thought and care that folks put into the design of their proposals.  Thanks so much to the artists for your work and the Mutual Aid Grant members who are supporting this experiment in community funding.

If you'd like to support the collective fund in this cycle you can sign up here.

Feedback, thoughts or questions?

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Julia Handschuh


by Leah Prescott

A proposal for fully functional and licensed space for cultivating spiritual experiences surrounding the act of tattooing. The client, through consultation and collaboration with me, will design their own ceremony to receive the most from their tattoo.

Check out the full proposal here.


by Maria Williams-Russell of Shape&Nature Press

Flaneur Walks Northampton is a poetic/conceptual walking tour series dreamt up by Shape&Nature Press. We have asked two writers from Northampton, Connolly Ryanand Betsy Wheeler, to each write a poetic/conceptual walking tour that guides readers through a re-exploration, re-

habitation and re-experiencing of the town through the writer's eyes.  Readers will then be able to buy the pamphlets and take the walks on their own as the writers instruct. These are not your usual walking tours filled with historical tid-bits and local lore.  Instead, expect to be taken on a poetic journey that investigates the psychic nature of the city.

Check out the full proposal here.


by Marlene Rye

"Motion" is a an exciting collaborative piece conceptualized by painter Marlene Rye that will include a public dance performance at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, as well as the creation of a body of paintings inspired by, and created in conjunction with, a series of dance performances.

Over the next four months they will be exploring space and motion as interpreted through two seemingly opposite mediums dance and painting, while exploring the interaction between those two forms of art.

Check out the full proposal here.


by Phyllis Labanowski

Rx 4 HEALth is a public art apothecary and artist book about health, healing, and well-being from the hilltowns of western MA. The project explores how creativity affects our health and how the creative process can deepen our community’s dialogue about social, political, and environmental health concerns.

Check out the full proposal here.



 by Carolyn Clayton

In April 2013 I will be exhibiting a new site-specific installation, hoard, in space #140 on the groundfloor of the Eastworks building. Hoard will be installed as part of the REACH, a multi-city contemporary art festival, which will take place in Easthampton and Holyoke during the month of April.

Check out the full proposal here.



 by Terre Parker

Valley Dances is a series of free outdoor dance performances created by Terre Parker with a non-traditional, intergenerational cast and performed in Pioneer Valley cities in the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2013.

Check out the full proposal here

Learn more about the
Mutual Aid Micro Grants here.

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