AFIELD was conceived as a fellowship for social initiatives from arts and culture in 2014, under the umbrella of the art organization Council. The first fellowships were awarded to choreographer Lia Rodrigues and photographer Zanele Muholi.
In 2018, a decentralized structure was inaugurated by involving the network through a voting process. The same year, a mentorship program was added to the fellowship, where fellows could become mentors of younger initiatives for one year.
In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, regular online gatherings of the entire network were initiated. The “Kitchen Calls” are occasions to discuss the program collectively, and share hopes and struggles.
In 2021, the mentorship grew into the study program. Titled “Together”, the first study program was led by Massimiliano Mollona. The same year, individual supporters joined the network and became active participants.
Former team members include Salome Burstein and Luz Angela Hernandez.
A facilitation group of 5 members and the team make strategic decisions and lead the program on a day to day basis. The larger network is consulted on matters related to new members election, including the annual fellowship and its related programs.
Facilitation group: Grégory Castéra, Diana Campbell, Sandra Terdjman, Chantal Wong, Yabebal Fantaye.
Meetings of the network, called “Kitchen calls” happen on a bi-monthly period. They are both informative — sharing news, common interests and challenges — and decision-oriented when it comes to changing the program or electing new members.
AFIELD is funded by AKAT and the TSADIK Foundation and a group of engaged collectors and philanthropists who support the program on an annual basis. They are active members of the network, voting, and contributing with their skills and knowledge.
Supporters: Lauren Bon, Mimi Brown, Lawrence Chu, Haro Cumbusyan, Phillip Keir, Benedicta Badia Northendhal.
In 2022, we were grateful to receive the inaugural Impact Grant from The Supporting Act Foundation, to help cover operational costs and new programming over a two-year period.
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