Ara Jo Memorial Fund Application Open!

Ara Jo Memorial Fund Application Open!

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The Ara Jo Memorial Fund (AJMF) 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 in 2018 by Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) in close collaboration with Ara's family, AJMF was made possible thanks to the generous donations from family and friends honoring Ara in the aftermath of the 2016 Ghost Ship Fire, which tragically cut her life and the lives of thirty-five other victims all too short.

Grant cycles occur semi-annually, in the Spring and Autumn. East Bay artists of all ages and levels of experience are strongly encouraged to apply. As a visual artist, graphic designer, curator, and musician, Ara linked many of the diverse communities in the Bay Area. She personified pure, unconditional love, supporting and encouraging those around her however she could. We hope to keep Ara's collaborative energy and caring spirit alive by supporting projects that align with her life's pursuits.

Grant Selection Criteria:
- Artists living in Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley, as well as art programs and organizations based in the same, are eligible to apply.
- D-I-Y, zine, craft, mixed-media visual art, and education projects will be prioritized.
- Projects with a target audience including youth, low-income, and/or marginalized communities will be prioritized. Artists in these groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Proposals for project funding of any amount up to $500 will be considered. An itemized budget supporting the proposal is required.

Grant funds may be used to cover:
- Project-related material expenses
- Production expenses
- Presentation expenses

Grant funds may not be used for the following:
- Recurring rent
- Conference, booth, or tabling fees
- Food & beverage
- Travel expenses, including transportation and lodging

Timeline:
- Applications will be accepted from Monday, April 1st until midnight on Tuesday, April 30th.
- Awards are expected to be announced by Sunday, May 5th.
- Funded projects must be completed and expense reports submitted by the end of August 2019.

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The Ara Jo Memorial Fund is administered by a committee of Rock Paper Scissors Collective, of which Ara was a member for many years. RPSC is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has been making art in Oakland since 2004. Currently located within Warehouse 416, RPSC is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance. For more information, visit www.rpscollective.org

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