Announcing the 2019 Arc Artist Fellows

The 2019 Arc Artist Fellows, from left to right: Nic Masangkay (photo by Amy L. Piñon), Anis Gisele (photo by Itzel Santiago Pastrana), Sadiqua Iman, Jake Prendez (Sergio Avitia), Jesse Higman (photo by Roxanne Cudzilo).

We are honored to announce the recipients of our Arc Artist Fellowship!

The 2019 Fellows are:
Sadiqua Iman, Interdisciplinary Artist
Anis Gisele, Literary Artist
Jesse Higman, Visual Artist
Nic Masangkay, Performing Artist
Jake Prendez, Visual Artist

The Arc Artist Fellowship provides critical—but rare—unrestricted awards of $12,000 to artists residing in King County. In the program’s second year, we received 92 eligible applications, making the selection of our five fellows extremely competitive.

Our Executive Director Brian Carter says, “The Arc Artist Fellowship demonstrates 4Culture’s commitment to being responsive to what artists need. By acknowledging the forces that result in uneven access to culture, we are working to dismantle entrenched and inequitable barriers to making art. Congratulations to the 2019 Arc Artist Fellows!”

Each year, a new cohort of Arc Fellows is selected, with an eligibility requirement that changes annually. This year, Arc was open to artists who identify as trans, non-binary, neurodivergent, or as physically, developmentally, behaviorally/emotionally, and/or intellectually disabled. Arc Fellows will assist in determining the Arc Eligibility Requirement for next year’s fellowship, participate in a public presentation organized by 4Culture, and help with planning and community engagement for the 2020 program.

Marketing support has been identified as a top priority for today’s working artist. In addition to funding, Arc also provides each Fellow with a page on the 4Culture website to use for promotional purposes, featuring a description of their work, biography, and images. Check back soon to explore the 2019 Fellows’ pages!

Congratulations to Sadiqua, Anis, Jesse, Nic, and Jake! Stay tuned to learn more about the 2019 Arc Fellows and how you can connect with their work.