seattle artists win first nau award

I was thrilled to receive an email today announcing that out of 284 nominees, Seattle-based artist team, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele are the recipients of the inaugural $10,000 Grant For Change from Nau for their project, Facing Climate Change. A long-term documentary project, Facing Climate Change, sponsored by Blue Earth (a 4Culture Sustained Support recipient), tells the story of global change through local people.

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Who funded this award you ask? That would be Nau, a small clothing company based in Portland, Oregon. Out of the kindness of their hearts and perhaps for a little good press, Nau started the Grant for Change program. From July 7th to August 31st Nau invited the public to nominate individuals or small teams for this $10,000, project-based award. Criteria for Nau’s top five finalists included a demonstration of the collective spirit of change; the project’s apparent need for a fiscal boost; and the breadth of impact the individuals have on community.

Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele’s have another multi-media project you might also be interested in. It’s called the Sustainable Prisons Project, which connects prisons with nature. Check out their multi-media work and you’ll see why Nau honored them with this great new award.

Photo: Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele, Facing Climate Change, The Tinder People