April 20, 2021


(Cleveland, OH)-- Ten recipients for the Urgent Art Fund, administered by SPACES, have been selected by a jury of three individuals. The Urgent Art Fund offers project-based support to Cuyahoga County artists, supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commissions for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive. Jurors for 2021 included Asia Armour (Satellite Fund ‘20), LaToya Kent (UAF ‘20), and Gisela McDaniel (Detroit, MI).

Project recipients include practices as diverse as sculpture, photography, community gardens, and other forms of creative urgent art. The 2021 cohort is composed of: Robert Bray, The Joy Exhibit; Kenyatta Crisp, The I.C.A.R.Y. Project/Impactful Changes for At Risk Youth; Gwendolyn Garth, Confronting Darkness and Defying Stereotypes; Dale A. Goode, City Art, Beautification; Scott Goss, Altered Reality; Sharon Hughes, Mothers in Black and White; Ephraim Nehemiah, The Autobiography of Absence: Visual Experience; Mary Kay Thomas, U and I of Euclid Ave; Ceira West, HerStory; Aaron Williams, Aawful Art Experience.

The recipients will develop their projects throughout 2021, with some projects already under way. Details of each project will be shared through SPACES’ eNews, social media channels, and outlets covering the individual projects.


SPACES commissions artists from around the world—at all stages of their careers—to make new work that is responsive to timely issues. We use these projects as points of departure to create educational initiatives that help foster a more informed citizenry. For 43 years, SPACES has served as a resource and public forum for international artists who explore and experiment. While navigating the challenges of our current pandemic, economic crisis, and renewed calls for social justice, we have deepened our mission while expanding services for Cleveland-based artists and audiences.

About Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest local public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is a strong steward of the public’s money, investing nearly $12 million annually in organizations that bring arts and culture to life in our communities. Each year we support tens of thousands of arts and culture programs and events that enhance the lives of Cuyahoga County residents. For more information, visit www.cacgrants.org.

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