National Performance Network Southern Artists for Social Change Program 2022 ($25,000 grant)

Deadline: July 29, 2022

Applications are open for the National Performance Network’s 2022 Southern Artists for Social Change Program. , and tribal communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

NPN’s Southern Artists for Social Change envision a world in which people of color living, working, and organizing for community change in the South have the power, resources, and opportunities to thrive. NPN’s mission is to contribute to a more just and equitable world by empowering artists; advancing racial and cultural justice in the arts; fostering relationships between individuals, institutions and communities; and working to change systems in the arts and philanthropy.

To agree

  • grants of $25,000 per project for one year;
  • Recipients must be available for an orientation session and participate throughout the 2021-2022 grant period in cohort meetings and other gatherings;
  • A selected group of grantees may have the opportunity to participate in a Participatory Action Research (PAR) component that focuses on a grantee project, in collaboration with the Highlander Research and Education Center.


  • Open to artists and culture carriers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) living, working, and engaging in social change in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Artists and culture bearers with demonstrated practice in any discipline can apply.
  • Individual artists as well as artist collectives can apply. Artist collectives must have demonstrated experience of collectively creating new works for at least two years.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older on the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be AL, LA, or MS residents for at least five consecutive years at the time of application and payment and must provide valid identification.
  • Projects should demonstrate a process of civic practice to
    • identify specific community challenges or needs
    • imagine a different future for the community,
    • practice, test or design approaches to this future that center racial justice
  • Although projects can be artist-led, projects must include at least two community members (individuals, agencies, organizations) as collaborators who share decision-making, shaping the project and project outcomes.
  • Grants can support any phase of a project (research, development, production, etc.), including new initiatives or work in progress, and a portion of the funding must directly support the artist or artists.


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For more information, visit Social Change Program.

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