Zoe Strauss, Shrimp and Petroleum Crown. Image courtesy of the artist.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is now a project partner with United States Artists (USA), a Los Angeles-based grant-making, artist-advocacy organization dedicated to supporting artists working across diverse disciplines. This partnership means that Pew Fellows from all years and disciplines can now participate in USA Projects' unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about their upcoming projects.
USA's mission is to invest in America's finest artists and illuminate the value of artists to society. The organization has actively examined strategies to invest in more artists and increase awareness of artists in America beyond their successful USA Fellows program. These efforts led to the creation of USA Projects.
On June 1, Pew Fellows gathered at the Center to hear a presentation about USA's Kickstarter-like fundraising system and social network, designed exclusively to connect accomplished artists with those who love the arts. Kris Kuramitsu from USA gave an overview of the website's navigation and features. Pew Fellow Zoe Strauss (2005), who is also a USA Fellow, spoke about her own experience with using the platform and raising money for her photography project, which documents the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Later, Kuramitsu and Kira Shewfelt (also from USA) met with some of the Fellows for one-on-one appointments to discuss their individual projects. Based on that appointment schedule, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming projects from King Britt, Mytili Jagannathan, and Rufus Caleb, among others.
If you're interested in supporting the ongoing work of Pew Fellows, consider joining USA's ever-expanding community of arts lovers. Learn more by visiting the USA website.