Sanitary Tortilla Factory was awarded a 2020 Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in partnership with the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, 516 ARTS refocused the fifth year of our Fulcrum Fund grant program in order to best serve artists during this crisis. We recognize an unprecedented need for emergency funding for those who are experiencing situations of economic instability and loss. To date this year, 516 ARTS have awarded $126,000 in two rounds. .
Nanibah Chacon site visit at Resilience, mural at Washington Middle School during collaborative studio.
MARCH – SEPTEMBER 2020
Sanitary Tortilla Factory will be hosting an artist-led project in creating a large public art piece to be included in the International Albuquerque Sunport’s public art collection. The collaborative artist team will re-envision the graphic content of each letter of ALBUQUERQUE. Using the rich history of Albuquerque (1300-present) artists will create sophisticated graphic symbols of the region’s complex histories. Popular cultural icons will share space with the buried histories that uniquely honor the history and cultural diversity of what we call Albuquerque.
WORKSHOPS + ARTIST MENTORSHIPS = COLLABORATIVE STUDIO:
Finding the truth? Reimagining our histories and future
Youth artists from the community will join the artists in an intensive studio focused series of workshops and events. Visiting artists, NANI CHACON (ABQ ), ANDREA DELEON(ABQ), Grace Rosario Perkins(ABQ) will share their practice and work with students in developing finished work for the public art component at the Albuquerque Sunport. The group will use working studio discussions, field trips to museums, visits to critical sites as a backdrop to create the core images that represent the complex history of this region
Grace Archibeck, Sekai Berry, Anila Marks-Lopez, Melinda Modisette
This FAQ zine is meant to be a starting point. It’s short, and shares the basics of what we’re talking about when we talk about abolition. It’s been a very useful tool for sparking conversations with people who haven’t considered these ideas before.
For further information, more detailed dives into specific data and policy proposals, and more, check out MDP150’s Resources page.
The text below is also available in different formats, so that people can print/share:
- 8-page zine – directions for how to cut/fold here
- Page by page
- Just the text on one sheet of paper, front/back
- Instagram post
The goal of this initiative is to shift the discussion of police violence in Minneapolis from one of the procedural reforms to one of meaningful structural change. We will achieve this by presenting a practical pathway for the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department; the transference of its social service functions to community-based agencies and organizations; the replacement of its emergency intervention functions with models not based on military methods; and the redirection of resources to support community resilience and people-directed development.
As a long time documentarian Melinda Frame collects people’s accounts of their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak to serve as a historical record of our times. Melinda focused this series on Albuquerque’s artist community. Melinda talked with many artists not only about how the pandemic is impacting their lives and art practice, but also explore with them how it may influence their artistic process as the pandemic continues to evolve. This series was created in partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s DIY Media COVID19 Creative Economy relief program.
Former Sanitary Tortilla Factory Artist in Residence Christine Wong Yap created portraits of real New York City medical workers as messages of gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank You for Your Commitment will be displayed on electronic billboards in Times Square from May 15 to early June: 1551 Broadway at 46th Street (map), 1585 Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets (map), and 20 Times Square at 47th Street and Seventh Ave (map). Artworks may also appear on an electronic billboard above Lincoln Tunnel, and on 1,800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five NYC boroughs.
Learn more about Christine’s beautiful and moving gesture of gratitude to New York City below.
Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Thank You for Your Sacrifice, Thank You for Your Courage, Thank You for Your Commitment, 2020, commissioned by Times Square Arts with For Freedoms, Poster House, and PRINT Magazine, images courtesy the artist. Photos by by Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.