Makeshift is a seed project providing six (6) one-time grants of $2,500 for artists and curators working in new or existing “microspaces” in Albuquerque’s Downtown Arts & Cultural District.

The project uses funds the district received as part of the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Great Grant Giveaway in April 2017, and is aimed at beautifying Downtown, and providing free and easy to view artwork in the form of a “walkable outdoor gallery” visible on a 24-hour basis.

Applicants can be curators, artists, arts administrators/arts nonprofits, or anyone with experience putting together shows with one or more artists.

Each applicant is asked to pair up with a local business or property owner, and we encourage applicants to focus on increasing economic opportunity for emerging artists specifically in Albuquerque, including but not limited to Chicana & Chicano artists, Native/indigenous identifying artists, LGBTQIA artists, homeless / transitional / formerly incarcerated artists, and artists who are veterans of the military and armed forces.

*** Applications are now closed, and projects selected for a Makeshift Grant will be notified in early 2018 ***

Note: A very special thank you to members of the Arts & Cultural District Advisory Council, Nancy Zastudil of Central Features Contemporary Art, and Erin Elder of Gibbous Creative for generously donating time and creative brain space to help us structure the Makeshift project