The Ara Jo Memorial Fund
Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) is pleased to announce the inaugural application cycle of the Ara Jo Memorial Fund. Applications will be accepted 1 June through 15 July 2018. The award(s) will be announced by 31 July 2018. Applicant artists and programs must live or be based in Oakland, Berkeley, or Emeryville. Proposals for project funding of any amount up to $500 will be considered. For full details and to apply, click here. (URL: www.rpscollective.org/ara-jo-memorial-fund)
The Ara Jo Memorial Fund supports local, community-based artists and projects that benefit the East Bay and carry on Ara Christina Jo’s legacy and passion for alternative artistic expression and inclusive programming. Established this year by Rock Paper Scissors Collective in close collaboration with Ara’s family, the Fund was made possible thanks to the many generous donations from family and friends honoring Ara in the aftermath of the 2016 Ghostship Fire, which tragically cut her life and the lives of thirty-five other victims all too short. As a visual artist, graphic designer, curator, and musician, Ara linked a variety of communities in the Bay Area. She personified pure, unconditional love, supporting and encouraging those around her however she could. We hope to keep her collaborative energy and loving spirit alive by supporting projects that align with Ara’s life pursuits. The Ara Jo Memorial Fund is administered by Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Grant cycles will occur semi-annually, in the Summer and Winter. East Bay artists of all ages and levels of experience are strongly encouraged to apply.