Arts Commission September Accelerator Grantees Announced

Eye On Art  |  10/09/2017 9:00 am

The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the fifth group of recipients of the Accelerator Grant. This program offers financial support with quick turn-around for local individual artists or artist collectives advancing creative projects and thereby advancing their careers. This grant is available on a monthly application cycle, with deadlines posted on A committee comprised of members of the visual, performing and literary arts communities meets to review applications and make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board. The September grantees are Malcolm Cunningham (Bancroft St. Project), Ken Dushane, and Noel Welch.

Malcolm Cunningham is a member of the Bancroft St. Project, along with Joey Horan and Krysta Sa. The Bancroft St. Project is dedicated to
documenting, exploring, and engaging the various communities living on and around Bancroft St. through artistic, journalistic, and ethnographic works. The collective is also invested in uncovering and analyzing historical and legislative elements that influence and, in large part, determine the current
conditions on and around Bancroft St. Accelerator Grant funding will be used towards the productions costs of several projects: a photo essay along
TARTA Route 22, Polaroids of Bancroft St. residents, and a podcast featuring interviews, soundscapes and oral histories from current and historic residents of Bancroft St.

Artist Ken Dushane (also known as "Phybr"), is passionate about making his art accessible to as many people as possible. With Accelerator funding,
Dushane will create a clothing brand that encompasses his style and aesthetic. The brand, "Creeps and Queens", will include a full line of men’s and women's apparel.

Noel Welch is originally from Maryland but moved to Ohio to attend school at Bowling Green State University. Here she received her Bachelor of Arts in
German with a minor in glass. Since then, she has worked as a glassblower at Cedar Point and is currently the office manager at Paramedia. The
Accelerator Grant funds will be used to purchase industrial float glass as well as various glass color bar to pull into murrini.

The Arts Commission Accelerator Grant program is generously sponsored by ProMedica, ECDI, The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.