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Important Notes: 

Application Release: February 22, 2021
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2021 April 30, 2021
Priority Region: Lagos, Nigeria
Maximum for Each Subaward: $5,000
Eligibility Information:
Nigerian women living in Lagos will be encouraged to apply as Artist Fellows for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project. Formal education should not be a limitation to participation given the socio-economic barriers confronted by many Indigenous peoples that limit access to formal educational institutions. However, applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees, full-time working artists, or architects with relevant work experience are highly encouraged to apply for the program. All prospective Artist Fellows should have an adequate command of English, both written and verbal, and be 18-35 years old by the closing of the application period.
Artist Fellow Duties:
Subawards of up to $5,000 will be provided to accepted Artist Fellows and will go toward production and perdiem costs. The lead Artist Fellow will be responsible for enlisting 9 additional artists to participant in the total project term as local supporting Artist Fellows and guiding the artists through the collaborative art making process. The exchange program is expected to start May 2021 and will last approximately seven months. Collaborative artist production and design should for both Nigerian and U.S. Fellows should last no longer than two months.
During the project term, each lead Artist Fellow will be responsible for the following outputs:
    • Enlisting 9 additional artists to participate in the total project term as local supporting Artist Fellows and guiding the artists through the collaborative design and virtual exchange process
    • Engaging in 10 collective virtual exchanges along with the American Fellows throughout the project term
    • Overseeing the creation of one collaborative work with the Nigerian artist cohort
Throughout this seven-month exchange program, the participants will collectively engage in ten virtual exchanges via zoom or Instagram live. Each virtual gathering among the cohort will focus on a different theme related to the project that will help young Indigenous women to conceptualize how their cultures and heritages intersect within the framework of several issues about the access of housing, urban planning, environmental policy, and traditional architectural representation in the popular imagination.
As a result of artist exchanges, one collaborative online exhibition from the Nigerian artists and one collaborative online exhibition from the Native American artists will be display on the Soul of Nations Foundation and Soul Center for the Arts website. The exhibition’s virtual opening will be facilitated through an online artist forum. Work will included proposals; elements of work that exemplify essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness, and materiality of surface; photographs, works on canvas, and collaborative sculpture; and the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of contemporary vernacular architecture that is sourced from traditional techniques of Native American and West African culture.
Application and Submission Information:
Prospective Artist Fellows will be invited to apply for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project by submitting an application, artist concept for one collaborative project with nine local artist partners in mind, and a production plan to be budgeted at $5,000 for the entire project term. Budget and artist concept templates will be provided on the Soul of Nations Foundation website. All application documents can be downloaded and submitted to apply@soulofnations.org no later than April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Lagos time).
Key Dates:
Applications must be received by April 2, 2021 at 11:59 (Lagos time) and can be submitted to apply@soulofnations.org. Questions regarding this program statement may be submitted to gap@soulofnations.org until March 26, 2021. The review committee anticipates making selections by May 7, 2021, and expects to execute subawards by July 2, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.
If you have any questions about the grant application process please contact our Lagos Program Officer at ng@soulofnations.org.



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