I am proud to announce that my husband Prince Varughese Thomas and I are awardees for The Idea Fund 2021 Grant. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund’s mission is to support artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices with an emphasis on cultural and social equity.
Our project is one of 12 projects funded this year. I encourage you to visit The Idea Fund’s website to learn about each project that was supported for 2021. Our project is called 2 Post Cinema. It’s a neighborhood outdoor cinema that showcases contemporary film and video art created by underrepresented artists and filmmakers. Utilizing the unobstructed view that we have of the park parking lot across the street from our backyard, Prince and I will erect a large rear-projected film screen in our backyard and relay sound via radio transmission to viewers’ car stereos.
We have already started plans on the structure for our cinema screen that is scheduled to be erected this summer. I can’t wait to utilize the potential of our unique living location to engage with our neighborhood and community!