Fine Line Group Announces Over $100,000 in Grants to Local Artists

July 21,2020

Reposted from Fine Line Group

Today, Fine Line Group, the Family offices of Sasha and Edward P. Bass, announce over $100,000 in grants awarded through “THE NEW NORMAL: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19.”  Following a competitive application process and juried review of artwork submitted by over 200 applicants, 43 local artists were selected to receive funding for new works that reflect life in Fort Worth during the pandemic.

Developed by Mrs. Sasha Bass in partnership with program administrator Lauren Saba Childs, THE NEW NORMAL is a first-of-its-kind funding initiative designed to achieve multiple goals: empowering local artists to work, creating a lasting visual record of this unprecedented time, and bringing the people of Fort Worth together to share, process, and heal through art that reflects their experience during the pandemic.

Applicants to THE NEW NORMAL submitted a personal statement previewing the work they intend to create and explaining how through their art, they will make a lasting positive impact on the community. A panel comprised of leaders from Fort Worth’s most prestigious museums, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, reviewed and scored the applications. The top 43 received $2,000 grants to fund their proposed artwork. Of those, the six artists with the highest scores received an additional $3,000 award.

“Capturing the diversity and artistic richness of our city, THE NEW NORMAL provides critical funding to 43 gifted artists whose work spans a range of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, and performance,” said Mrs. Bass. “I am truly inspired by all the artists who applied. Fort Worth’s generous spirit and resilience shined in their words and art. Instead of creating works inspired by their personal experiences, almost all of the 200 artists who applied proposed work that either focused on the communal experience, or sought to lift up and honor individual voices and stories from across our diverse community."