Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Since 2016, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has presented creative alumni with microgrants to help them pursue a creative endeavor. This year, six alumni were selected to receive microgrants for projects ranging from finishing an artist’s book to sharing personal poetry at a convention. Read on to see what our alumni have been up to!

Still from Alex Goss' video installation

Still from Alex Goss’ video installation

Alex Goss

Website: alexgoss.net/

Alex used his microgrant to produce a video for his latest exhibition at the Flatland Gallery in Houston, Texas. According to Alex, the video “centered around an imagined relationship between a worker and machine staged in an industrial prototyping facility.”

Maurisa Li-A-Ping giving her presentation at the 2018 ACPA—College Student Educators International Convention

Maurisa Li-A-Ping giving her presentation at the 2018 ACPA—College Student Educators International Convention

Maurisa Li-A-Ping

For Maurisa, the microgrant was “instrumental in [her] work as a storyteller and educator.” She used her $1,000 microgrant to attend the 2018 ACPA—College Student Educators International Convention in Houston, Texas. During her presentation Spoken Word Poetry & the Black College Experience, Maurisa performed her original poem “in this universe, Blk Women are the moon” that explores “what it means to be a Black Woman and feel simultaneously invisible and hyper-visible.”

Mindy Lu

Website: mindylu.com

Mindy used her microgrant to pay for editing of her artist’s book Collection of Prawns. Through the editing process, Mindy was able to expand on some biographical details and themes to make the essay portion stronger. The microgrant also helped pay for six months of Adobe Creative Cloud so that Mindy could further refine and edit her book.

Fire and Water by Amirra Malak

Fire and Water by Amirra Malak

Amirra Malak

Website: amirramalak.com

Amirra’s microgrant paid for her airfare to Egypt so that she could document the Nile River via photographs and video. The images she captured were then incorporated into three new paintings about the Nile River. Amirra also used the footage to create a video art piece titled “They Lived in the Time When the Earth Was Alive.” The video and paintings were part of an exhibition called Baraka: The Blessing of Water, which was on display at the Columbia Art Gallery in May 2018 in Hood River, Oregon.

Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Max Mikulecky

Website: maxmikulecky1.xhbtr.com/santafe

Max used his microgrant to continue his photography project Along the Santa Fe. The microgrant helped pay for lodging and expenses during Max’s journey along the Santa Fe Trail so that he could photograph people and their business establishments for this project. In the future, Max hopes to exhibit the photographs and add them to his portfolio so that he can apply for graduate school in the coming years.

Painting by Bria Whitney

Painting by Bria Whitney

Bria Whitney

Website: briawhitney.com/

Bria’s microgrant paid for material acquisition and a studio set up for her latest project, This Is Not a Statement, a series of mixed media prints and an art zine that explores femininity through black hair. For Bria, her microgrant allowed her to “fully conceptualize the series This Is Not a Statement and bring the series to life.”

The Scholastic Awards Alumni Council is committed to supporting Alums in all stages of their careers. Through opportunities like the Alumni Microgrant Program and the Alumni Writer’s Residency, Alums are receiving the encouragement and support they need to continue innovating and elevating our nation’s art and literary communities.

Applications for the Alumni Microgrant Program and Alumni Writer’s Residency are now open! Apply now!

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