The Critical Fierceness Grant

Since its founding in 2005, Chances Dances has sought to create a safe space for all gender expressions by bringing together the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago. The creation of the Critical Fierceness grant expands upon this goal by offering a unique opportunity for queer artistic expression. Individuals or groups who wish to utilize the Critical Fierceness Grant for artistic purposes and who identify themselves or their work as queer are encouraged to apply. The Critical Fierceness Grant supports queer artists with financial assistance of up to $500.

In 2012,Chances Dances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which seeks to fund projects by queer woman-identified and trans-feminine artists of color. The Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant supports feminine-spectrum queer artists of color with financial assistance of up to $1000. Chances Dances is proud to provide both these opportunities for personal exploration, community development and radical change through art.

How to Apply

The Critical Fierceness Grant is awarded twice yearly. Deadlines are always on July 31st and January 31st. The application is open to all residents of Cook County who identify with the above criteria. 

Applications are accepted via email only. You can download the writeable PDF application here: CRITICAL-FIERCENESS_ALL_CYCLES.pdf - NOTE: DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER to fill in the application - it will not save your entries. Please download the application, fill it out using your computer's default PDF reader, and return the saved file via email. 

Email chances.dances[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

About The Critical Fierceness Grant

Check out this short video we made about Chances and The Critical Fierceness Grant, called Chances Dances: A Blueprint. The video had a dual premiere at our 5 year anniversary party and as an art object at the DeVos Art Museum as part of the group show, A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns curated by Philip von Zweck and Anthony Elms.

To learn a little bit more about the history and mission of the Critical Fierceness Grant, check out this »slideshow« from a presentation by Chances organizer Latham Zearfoss, presented on the “New Shared Enterprises” panel for the Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artists Pre-Conference in October, 2010.