2018 ACE Grantees NYC



Announcing the Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2018 Artist Community Engagement Grant Recipients in NYC

New York City, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the newest season of our Artist Community Engagement (ACE) Grant in New York: Alex Strada, Alyse Ronayne, Courtney Childress, Eduardo Gil, Ioana Manolache, Jose Zuniga, Pamela Council, Roberto Jamora.

The goal of the ACE Grants is to make a positive and lasting impact on the artist community, especially in support of artistic collaboration, special projects, and community engagement. The ACE grant makes a wide range of project formats possible, including: panel discussions, artist talks, public presentations, workshops, web-based activities, lectures, screenings, publications, and other public events or cultural exchanges. These eight ACE grantees reflect the full potential of the projects we support and facilitate.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30. The Foundation has evolved into a dynamic and effective organization, offering both unrestricted and community-based grants, by nomination only, to promising emerging artists who demonstrate an ability and commitment to making substantial contributions in the arts. Through the generosity of individual donors, artists, galleries, and organizations, such as the Warhol Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation continues to increase its impact in New York City and Los Angeles, and has awarded over 200 unrestricted cash grants to artists in New York City and Los Angeles since 1995.

Through careful deliberation by our selection committee, eight artist proposals were chosen to receive funding ranging from $1250- $1,500 to carry out these projects.

Please help us congratulate the eight 2017 ACE Grantees by reading more about their projects and sharing the information:

 “Fictive Witness” byAlex Strada, Collaborator: Tali Keren 


A series of public performance lectures that will take place at the Goethe Institute. ‘Fictive Witness’,  public and free performance series at the Goethe Institute, will create a space for interdisciplinary exchange, reflection, and discussion. Steps from Union Square, the Goethe Institute is the ideal location to bring scholars, artists, and the New York City public together. Artist Alex Strada and Tali Keren will collaborate with legal scholars, architectural theorists and other thinkers to create a space for political imagination and reflection.


 “How to kill a Siren, Exhibition” by Alysa Ronayne


How to kill a Siren is an exhibition that will bring Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins to perform a new work, atop a new iteration of Raque Ford’s Karafun plexiglass dance floor sculptured, curated by In Limbo and hosted by the Boom Boom Room in Brooklyn, NY. The Boom Boom Room, an artist-run apartment gallery, will host this exhibition. Frequented by neighbors and art seekers alike, the space provides a base for community engagement and allows the artists to reach a wide audience beyond the expected art crowd. The Boom Boom Room also hosts a bi-monthly Feminist Book Club, which will be among the exhibition’s programming events.

” Exhibition” by Courtney Childress

Exhibitions in galleries and museums are rarely inclusive of children. So many parents say “Look with your eyes, not with your hands.” This exhibition will invite the adults to behave like children and the children will be welcome to act like themselves. Courtney will carpet the floor and two of the three walls of the space in high pile white shag carpeting. The artist will provide Large layered rock crayons for the viewers. These crayons can be used to draw on the carpet creating gentle washes of color and helping me to erode the “rocks”. The exhibition will intent to engage a very specific marginalized community – the children of the art world. Members of the art world with be invite with children to show to use the rock crayons to color the carpets.

“Showtime” by Eduardo Gil

The Project entitled “Showtime” hopes to engage both the adolescent subway buskers, and an audience comprised of not only the societal members—the metro riders—who have come to expect and utilize, or deny, these adolescents’ “disruptive” spectacles, but also those societal members who may not have. Re-formalizing and re-framing the performers’ movements via the mounted cameras , the project seeks to create a deeper cultural portrait of each performer, recognizing and acknowledging their working lifestyle in order to highlight the rationale and control behind the spectacular chaos they create, which is often taken for granted.

Ioana Manolache



For this project, Ioana would like to transcribe one of those meetings, and organize it into a self-published zine to mail out to cultural institutions and social communities worldwide to share the intimate thoughts and discussions from inside a studio. The goal is to make art practice less of a mystery for a wider public.




Tanda by: Jose Zuniga, Collaborators : Rocio Olivares, Jose Dejesus Rodriguez, Angel Garcia

This project consists in a podcast that provides a platform to discuss the complexities of identity of the NYC Latinx Community from the perspective of the arts. The artists expect to engage with a broad audience interested in problems around Latinx Identity, making more accessible ideas and research made by artists and intellectuals through interviews. They plan to be a showcase for individuals that are making relevant work, contributing to the conversation of Latinx Identity in the East Coast, by bringing up issues that question our established narratives about identity and shedding light on invisibilized ones. They expect to be one of the actors in the current effort of building a strong, aware and self-organized Latinx community in NYC.


Pamela Carmen Council: Pamela Council

Red drinks are popular throughout the Black Atlantic, in the form of sorel, Agua De Jamaica, Bissop, Cheerwine, Kool-Aid, and Texas’ Big Red Soda, a predilection that made the Red Drink the traditional celebratory beverage of Juneteenth, the Black American holiday celebrating emancipation from chattel slavery. In Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, Pamela place a bronze, hose, and painted steel architectural fountain filled with red drink in public sites and offer toasts and sips to passersby.


Roberto Jamora

This project will be a completely new chapter in Roberto’s Passing Memory series. Roberto will make 10 minimal, abstract paintings with colors inspired by photos from and interviews with immigrants about their homelands. The paintings will be in an exhibition at Topaz Arts (Woodside, Queens) with a reception and artist talk. Through social media he will conduct outreach to immigrant communities in Queens in order to cull their contributions via photography or short description of a memory of their native land. He will also reach out to various cultural and community organizations (Gabriela USA and NYFA Immigrant Artist Program) to participate. He will meet with the immigrant contributors and use the photos, words, and conversations to make medium/large scale, minimal abstract paintings.


For inquiries, Director, at director@rhmfoundation.org.

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