Cuban Artists Fund

Cuban Artists Fund The Cuban Artists Fund (CAF) was founded in New York City in 1998 by three Cuban-American community cultural leaders: Lourdes Lopez, Maria Rita Caso, and Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas to foster the vitality and spirit of Cuban artists worldwide.
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Friends, On behalf of the Cuban Artists Fund (CAF), I am pleased to share that we will begin the new year with a solo ex...
12/01/2020

Friends, On behalf of the Cuban Artists Fund (CAF), I am pleased to share that we will begin the new year with a solo exhibition of Sandra Cordero 's work in downtown Manhattan (more details soon). Opportunities to support artists like Sandra is made possible through the generosity of donors like you. I ask that you kindly consider making a safe and secure donation through our page on NYFA so we can continue our good work: https://www.nyfa.org/fiscal-sponsorship/project-directory/view-project/?id=C5500

Thank you!
Carlos Pomares, Executive Director, Cuban Artists Fund

Artists Friends,  Sharing this list from the National Academy of Design of helpful links for grants aimed at assisting a...
10/30/2020
Financial Aid — Artists' Fellowship, Inc.

Artists Friends, Sharing this list from the National Academy of Design of helpful links for grants aimed at assisting artists during the pandemic:

Artists' Fellowship - This grant provides emergency assistance to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship.
https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid

Artist Power Center - Founded by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, this site helps artists and cultural workers navigate emergency relief and continue to build long-term careers.
https://ybca.org/artist-power-center/

Artist Relief Fund - Established by a coalition of national arts grantmakers, this funding initiative offers $5,000 to artists across the United States. The application deadlines for the final two grant cycles are November 18, 2020, and December 10, 2020.
https://www.artistrelief.org/

Creative Capital List of Art Resources - Updated weekly, a comprehensive index that provides information on local, state, and national aid.
https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

Joan Mitchell Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Resources
An evolving compilation of support programs, including grant opportunities, and financial and personal well-being webinars.
https://www.joanmitchellfoundation.org/journal/covid

FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund - Offering grants of $2,000 through December 2020, this program is open to individual artists, or individuals representing a collective, that have lost income from an exhibition or performance opportunity due to COVID-19.
https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants-covid-19-fund

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship - A $7,000 unrestricted cash grant intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development. Eligible applicants include artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. The 2021 award cycle opens on November 10, 2020, and closes on February 10, 2021.
https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/artist-fellowships/

Due to the overwhelming requests for aid from the COVID-19 pandemic we are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and their aftermaths. This restriction will be revisited periodically as conditions chan...

The Cuban Artists Fund is pleased to share that María de los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez is our artist-in-residence at the...
10/15/2020

The Cuban Artists Fund is pleased to share that María de los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez is our artist-in-residence at the CAF studio. Additionally Maria is participating in the residency program with our collaborative partners at Residency Unlimited through November.

María de los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez was born in Holguín Cuba in 1992. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2015 and MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2020. Rodríguez Jiménez participated in residencies such as the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2016 and SOMA Summer in 2019. She is represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami Beach. María de los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez is currently a 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellow for Brazil. Learn more about Maria and her work at https://www.mariadlarj.com/

Congratulations to Juanito Delgado and the Detras del Muro team for a great meeting last night!
10/09/2020

Congratulations to Juanito Delgado and the Detras del Muro team for a great meeting last night!

Great artists featured in this exhibition, including some artists previously sponsored by the Cuban Artists Fund. Take a...
10/07/2020

Great artists featured in this exhibition, including some artists previously sponsored by the Cuban Artists Fund. Take a look!

Please join our friends at Detrás del muro / Behind the Wall on October 8 @ 6PM for a webinar featuring a panel of membe...
10/05/2020
Detrás del muro

Please join our friends at Detrás del muro / Behind the Wall on October 8 @ 6PM for a webinar featuring a panel of members of Cuba’s top art curators and creators of the Detrás del muro art installation. Register here: https://copperbridge.org/portfolio-posts/ddm/

Detrás del muro (Behind the Wall) is an art project composed of art installations by Cuban and international artists along the famous Malecón (boardwalk) of Havana. The project was inaugurated during the 11th Havana Biennial and became one of the most highly anticipated installations for the 12th and 13th Biennials. It is the inspiration for the documentary film and books. Curated by Juanito Delgado and co-produced by Copperbridge Foundation. This webinar will feature the film trailer and then engage in dialogue with the curator and some of the participating artists. Links to watch the full documentary and purchase the books will be made available to attendees prior to the webinar. Invited Panelists include:

- Elvia Rosa Castro, Art Critic
- Esterio Segura, Artist
- Humberto Velez, Artist
- Magdalena Campos, Artist
- Fabelo Hung, Artist

This Webinar is an opportunity to get a better understanding of the world of Contemporary Cuban Visual Art as explained by one of Cuba’s top art curators and creator of theDetrás del muroart installation.

FOR FREELANCE DANCE WORKERS -  Dance NYC has posted information on grants...The application for freelance dance workers ...
05/11/2020
Freelance Dance Workers

FOR FREELANCE DANCE WORKERS - Dance NYC has posted information on grants...

The application for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of May opened on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and will close on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m

FREELANCE DANCE WORKERS UPDATE: The application for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of May opened on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and will close on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Dance/NYC…

Where Are They Now:  A Look Back at CAF’s 2004 Grantee, Angel AyónCAF Executive Director Carlos Pomares catches up with ...
04/22/2020

Where Are They Now: A Look Back at CAF’s 2004 Grantee, Angel Ayón

CAF Executive Director Carlos Pomares catches up with Angel Ayón, a past CAF grant recipient.

As an aspiring architect, Angel Ayón arrived to Washington, D.C. from Havana in the summer of 1999 and later moved to New York City. He became involved with the preservation of the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park in summer 2000. At the time the post-and-lintel multi-level watchtower, one of the oldest stand-alone cast-iron structures in America, was in desperate need of restoration.

His advocacy soon transitioned into a school project while attending Columbia University. Hoping to make a greater impact, in 2004 he received an Artist Award and Community Grant from CAF for the development of a website calling for the need to restore the famed watchtower. Ayón recalls the impact on the CAF award, “The grant awarded to me by the Cuban Artists Fund was a game changer. It allowed me to retain the services of a professional web developer to create an interactive website, through which I could share with the Harlem community the research on the history and development of the fire watchtower that I had undertaken while attending grad school at Columbia’s Historic Preservation program.”

The Harlem Fire Watchtower was constructed by Julius Kroehl in 1857 based on similar watchtowers located downtown, which had been designed by James Bogardus, the father of cast iron architecture in America. It was installed atop a Manhattan Schist outcrop in what was then known as Mount Morris Park. It is a significant precedent to the modern steel-frame high-rise construction that defines city skylines in America and worldwide. It is the only remaining of a series of watchtowers that were part of the NY Fire Watchtower system, a predecessor to the FDNY (founded in 1868).

Ayón added, “For years, the website provided relevant historical and technical information on this significant, historic artifact. Being able to share that information with the local community furthered the focus on community relations that I had pursued from the outset and established me as the key advocate in the effort to save the fire watchtower. That, in turn, raised my profile and credibility as an effective preservation advocate both in Harlem and within the New York City preservation community at large.”

The steadfast advocacy eventually paid off. In an October 2019, The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance announced that the Fire Watchtower had been fully restored.

When asked by Pomares how the CAF-Funded grant help his personal and professional endeavors, Ayón noted, “Along with the contributions that I was able to make in the effort to save the fire watchtower, the CAF-funded website became the central repository of information on the history and significance of the fire watchtower. As that happened, it provided many who felt the urgency to get involved with this effort with valid information that they could use without having to be directly connected to me. Over the years, it was amazing to witness how a personal interest that turned into academic research grew into a truly community-based effort and took on a life of its own. And it was at that point when it became unstoppable. When plans were announced to place the watchtower in storage, the community’s opposition led to a compromise, increased funding and a solid commitment to expedite its restoration. When it reopened in fall 2019, the community couldn’t have been prouder of such a collective achievement. For me, all of this linked back to a small seed grant from CAF to support something that, once embraced by the local community and elected officials, [it] had the potential to become one of the most remarkable preservation achievements in NYC in the last 10 years.”

Today, with more than twenty years of experience working with historic buildings, Angel Ayón, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP serves as both an Architect and Preservationist at AYON Studio, his eponymous firm in Manhattan's Union Square. His expertise ranges from building-envelope evaluation and repair to full-scale rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of commercial and residential properties, as well as cultural and educational institutions. He currently serves as Vice-President of Save Harlem Now! and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Historic Districts Council, the Historic Preservation Committee of The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), and the Preservation League of the NY State’s Board of Trustees. He is also an active member of Columbia University’s Preservation Alumni, as well as the AIA, NCARB, USGBC, APTi, APT NE, US/ICOMOS, and Docomomo. Ayón holds a professional degree in Architecture and a Master of Science in Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage from Havana’s Higher Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University in New York.

Related links:

https://www.ayonstudio.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/nyregion/harlem-fire-watchtower-nyc.html?searchResultPosition=1

https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/marcus-garvey-park/highlights/6497

04/15/2020
Guided Tour: José Parlá: It’s Yours

The Bronx Museum is hosting Jose Parla’s It’s Yours. Because the Museum is currently closed, they have created a virtual tour and other videos related to the exhibition. Parla has been a CAF featured artist in the past for numerous projects.

Guided tour of José Parlá: It’s Yours, curated by Manon Slome. In virtual Guided Tours, educators provide engaging tours of both current and past exhibits at...

Nice article featuring Lourdes Lopez, artistic director at Miami City Ballet. MCB is celebrating their 35th anniversary....
04/15/2020
MCB ANNOUNCES POST-PANDEMIC SEASON | Miami City Ballet

Nice article featuring Lourdes Lopez, artistic director at Miami City Ballet. MCB is celebrating their 35th anniversary. Lopez is a co-founder of CAF.

In conversation with Lourdes Lopez (part one) By: Orlando Taquechel / ArtburstMiami.com To speak with certainty about a coming season …

Call for US-based immigrant artists! See details below for this opportunity...
04/07/2020

Call for US-based immigrant artists! See details below for this opportunity...

#Opportunity: Call for US-based immigrant artists!

The Immigrant Artist Biennial-TIAB is currently accepting artist submissions throughout April. Submit one image and a one-sentence answer to the question “How are you doing right now?”

Artists can DM The Immigrant Biennial on Instagram @theimmigrantartistbiennial or email: [email protected]

#ResidencyUnlimited #RU #AIR #TheImmigrantArtistsBiennial #CoronaVirus #Covid19 #AloneTogether #WashYourHands #FlattenTheCurve

04/06/2020
CAF Corvid 19 Impact - How you can help

Dear Friends, we hope this post finds you safe and healthy!
Please take a moment to hear this organizational update. Like all cultural institutions, we have had to temporarily postpone our upcoming events and fundraisers. We will be sure to reschedule as soon as possible but we need your help now. Please consider making a donation and help our organization get back on track - supporting the wonderful artists and programs we have been producing for 20+ years. Donations can be made here: https://www.nyfa.org/ArtistDirectory/ShowProject/ba68d0e6-c625-4c37-87d2-bb851b8512f0

Attention Women Artists!Our friends at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with Anonymous Was A Woman ...
04/06/2020
NYFA Grants - Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

Attention Women Artists!

Our friends at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying visual artists over 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The application is now open, please click below to apply via Submittable.

The program will distribute $250,000 in cash grants, up to $2,500 per-artist, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time.

We encourage you to visit our regularly-updated Emergency Grants page for more COVID-19 specific resources that may be available to you during this time.

Who can apply:

- Applicants must be visual artists identifying as women (who work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture).

- Applicants must be 40 years or older on or before April 8, 2020.

- Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past five years.Applicants must show documented losses of income for the period of February 1 - July 30, 2020.

- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.

The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled teaching, speaking, or consulting assignments; lost temp work; and layoffs or furloughs as a result of business closures, etc. Applicants should note that eligible income loss does not need to be specifically related to presenting or displaying their art. Projected losses from cancelled exhibitions and events are not eligible.

APPLICATION TIMELINE
Application is Now Open.

Application Closes: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST

Application Notification: By Thursday, April 30, 2020

2020 Application Deadline Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:00PM ET Please visit the NYFA website for more information: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Anonymous-Was-A-Woman-Emergency-Relief-Grant 2020 Application Guidelines: Applicants must be visual artists identifying as women (Digital/New Media, D...

04/05/2020
Detrás del muro

Check out our collaborative partner, Detras del Muro, which has featured numerous artists during the last few Havana Biennials. Their work has been presented in the U.S. and Europe...

Presentación del Libro "Detras del muro" en el Melia Cohiba

All good things must come to an end so be sure not to miss the last week of Adrenaline located at 25 Kent Avenue in Broo...
02/12/2020

All good things must come to an end so be sure not to miss the last week of Adrenaline located at 25 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn. The exhibition and work-in-progress features the ACPW Art Factory: Douglas Arguelles Cruz, Sandra Cordero, William Perez and Jorge Wellesley Bourke. Visiting hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-7PM. Adrenaline is a collaboration between the Cuban Artists Fund and Wallplay.

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Hope you can attend the premiere of this important Cuban film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, June 15 and June 17 NYC
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