NEA awards Kartemquin 2018 Art Works grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is a recommended Art Works grant of $45,000 to Kartemquin Films towards our work deepening our focus on cultivating and serving diverse, Midwestern filmmakers who will enrich and enliven our industry. The grant will support the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellowship, KTQ Labs program, and Kartemquin's continued active filmmaker support for 19 films currently in production or active distribution.

(Pictured: Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn provides feedback during a KTQ Lab for the film A Destruction, directed by DVID graduate Urooj Yazdani

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Kartemquin Films in Chicago, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

"It’s an honor to receive this Art Works grant from the NEA and a testament to the important work that Kartemquin does to strengthen communities and support democracy through documentary," said Jason Stephens, Kartemquin Board Chairman.

The Art Works grant will contribute to the evolution of Kartemquin’s programs and help us to extend our reach as an organization across the Midwest.

About Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID)

  • Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color in the Midwest, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. At the core of the fellowship are six three-hour workshops at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ staff and associates.
  • Previous DVID fellows include Bing Liu, director of Sundance award-winning Minding the Gap and Kelly Richmond Pope, director of All The Queen's Horses, which was the #1 documentary on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play in its 1st week of release last month.
  • Currently, Genius of A Different Hue and Unapologetic, directed by former DVID fellows Keith Purvis and Ashley O’Shay, respectively, are in development with Kartemquin.
  • About KTQ Labs

    • KTQ Labs is a monthly feedback screening series with the KTQ community for rough cuts by filmmakers not currently in partnership with KTQ. The screenings offer advice on narrative structure, aesthetic approach, character development, distribution, and funding. Notable KTQ Labs participants include Edith+Eddie (a 2018 Academy Award nominee), Saving Mes Aynak, Making a Murderer, Quest, The Blood is at the Doorstep, Louder than a Bomb, and Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Apply to participate in the KTQ Labs program here.
    • Current Kartemquin films in production include Represent, Unapologetic, Genius of a Difference Hue, Left -Handed Pianist, Eating Up Easter, Loyalty, The Dilemma of Desire, Unapologetic and True Memories and Other Falsehoods. Find a full list of our in-development films here.

      Previously, the NEA has provided funding to Kartemquin films including '63 Boycott and A Good Man, as well as a 2014 Art Works grant towards our filmmaker development programs. In 2015, the NEA also awarded a grant of $50,000 dollars towards Media Burn's efforts in digitizing and and creating access to 239 videotapes from three rare, unfinished or previously unreleased collections from the Kartemquin archives: A Year on Teen Street, Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, and When Art Makes a Difference.

      The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.