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Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio

Artists play an important role as change agents, engaging with challenging contemporary issues and connecting with audiences in ways that open minds and inspire action.

The Alliance of Artists Communities is pleased to announce the inaugural awardees for “Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio”.  The two exceptional artists are Tiziana Panizza from Santiago, Chile, for her project Solitary Land; and Samir Parker from Thane, India, for his project Re-Flexing the City. Each artist will receive a $20,000 award, made possible through a grant to the Alliance of Artists Communities from The Rockefeller Foundation.

Administered by the Alliance of Artists Communities, “Artists as Change Agents” was established to advance new work initiated at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and extend the impact of a Bellagio Center residency by providing support to artists whose work addresses the challenging issues of our times. Recognizing that such work often struggles to find mainstream support, these prestigious awards will provide critical resources for the completion and dissemination of promising new work.

Read more about this grantmaking initiative and the awarded projects at: http://www.artistcommunities.org/beyond-bellagio

Bellagio Center

Bellagio Center offers residencies for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, multi-media and visual artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. The Center  offers one-month stays for three to five artists at a time, in a diverse community of resident fellows from fields that include the natural sciences, social scientists, as well as political and non-profit organization leaders. This diverse community reflects the Rockefeller Foundation's belief in the creative and innovative power of interdisciplinary interactions.