Administered by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regional Re-granting Program, the Precipice Fund awards grants to unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects in the metro areas of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene, Oregon. Recognizing the barriers to funding many independent arts initiatives face, the fund seeks to support new and existing projects emblematic of Oregon's independent, pioneering, on-the-ground art scene.
The program supports projects that operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects are an integral part of the greater Portland region's art ecosystem and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
Priority will be given to projects that are innovative, experimental, and ambitious; are artist-run, artist-driven, or artist-centric; generate opportunities and platforms for other local and regional artists; challenge or break from traditional or established notions, models, and forms of practice, presentation, and organization; are presented in unconventional or non-traditional sites, spaces, and contexts; seek to develop and diversify local art audiences; are accessible to or engage the public via process, presentation, production, or publication; and/or contribute to the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene art communities.
In 2018, the fund will award fifteen to twenty grants of up to $5,000 to unincorporated, collaborative, visual art projects, programs, and spaces in the metro areas of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene, Oregon.
To be eligible, projects must be rooted in visual art and produced by independent, unincorporated entities. Proposals from or in partnership with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or commercial for-profit enterprise are not eligible. In addition, projects must be collaborative (carried out by at least two individuals).
PICA will be hosting information sessions beginning on July 11 and ending on July 29, 2018.
The fund will begin accepting applications on August 13, 2018.
For complete program guidelines, information about previous award recipients, and application instructions, see the Precipice Fund website.