Alumni Microgrant recipient Karina Puente displays her work.

Alumni Microgrant recipient Karina Puente displays her work.

We are excited to announce the launch of our first Microgrant Program for Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, developed by the Alumni Council. The microgrant program is designed to support creative projects proposed by our alumni. Here’s a glimpse at what our Alumni Grantees will be working on:

Gold Microgrant Recipients

Ryan Wong (’05)
Wong will develop a fictionalized novel based on the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. In his work he’ll depict the morally complex world that brings people to community organizing work and how it ultimately winds up changing us most of all.

Karina Puente (’01)
The Business of Cultural Preservation: Papel Picado is an ongoing art installation and workshop project aimed to introduce audiences to the Mexican tradition of cut paper design. Through art exhibition and presentation, Puente will share her process and business practice in an effort to encourage other women of color to turn their own craft into careers.

Silver Microgrant Recipients

Pacifico Silano (’04)
Silano will create a hard cover photo retrospective entitled Tear Sheets. Tear Sheets explores a lost generation of gay men who died during the AIDS epidemic. Using methods of appropriation employed by artists before him, Silano will cull through images in printed media of the 1970s to critically view ideas of masculinity, representation, iconography, and loss.

Ariel Sobel (’13)
Sobel will use her grant to create a short film which addresses sexual assault titled You Asked For It. The film touches on the complex topics of revenge, healing, self-reflection, and female friendship. This film advocates against sexual assault through the story of a woman reclaiming her body and voice.

Congratulations to all of our grantees!

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