The Mike Kelley Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for its “first formal funding initiative,” the 2016 Artist Project Grants. The foundation plans to announce the first grants, totaling “around $250,000,” according to a release, in March 2016 for projects to be undertaken between April 2016 and December 2017.
In a statement, John C. Welchman, the chair of the foundation’s board of directors, said, “In his art and writings, Mike thought hard about the nature of giving and made grants to smaller institutions in Los Angeles during the last years of his life. Mindful of his enormous influence on a generation of L.A. artists, we will follow suit by focusing first on the L.A. arts community. In the spirit of Mike’s passion and candor we want to support work that may be difficult to fund due to its content or complexity. Whereas some funders are risk-averse, we hope to be risk-friendly.”
Kelley created the foundation in 2007, and since his death in 2012, it has worked to preserve his legacy.