2019 ACE Grants in New York


Announcing the Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2019 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) Grants in New York: Dionis Ortiz, Hsini Des, Julia Norton, and Samantha Nye.

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, such as panel discussions, artist talks, public presentations, workshops, web-based activities, lectures, screenings, publications, and other public events or cultural exchanges. These four 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, four artist proposals were chosen to receive funding ranging from $1,250-$1,500 to carry out these projects.

Please help us congratulate the four 2019 ACE Grantees by reading more about their projects and sharing the information:

“Hot Dog Day Bingo” by Hsini Des

Des’s “Hot Dog Day Bingo,” a free all-ages inclusive public project, aims to connect the disparate student and civilian communities of the village of Alfred in New York. The project will take place during the village’s annual Hot Dog Day celebrations and draws from the traditional “bingo” format, except that the bingo cards have varying conversational topics on them. These topics range from local trivia to national news and culture to create opportunities for the participants to connect through commonalities and differences. The artist will further collaborate with the local population to create prizes, and will employ students to facilitate the game.

Dionis Ortiz

The neighborhoods of Harlem and Washington Heights are two culturally rich areas that are notably affected by gentrification. Artist Dionis Ortiz aims to amplify the voices of those who have long called these neighborhoods home through hosting an artistic workshop in July, in which participants personalize their own lightbulbs with acrylic paint and cyanotype prints. Participants will be interviewed throughout the workshop and will be given the platform to express themselves in regards to gentrification, displacement, and the creation of art. Once completed, the lightbulbs will be hung in a garden to serve as a community installation piece.





Julia Norton

Art educator Julia Norton has witnessed how perceived boundaries inhibit young students from pursuing their artistic passions. In an attempt to push these boundaries, Norton will conduct four hour-long sessions in which students learn about natural color (a universal basic principal in not only art but earth sciences, cultural practices, and chemistry, among others), the process of making paint, and will be able to create artwork using their own paints. Through this workshop and learning about the materiality of natural color, students can grasp their potential as creative thinkers and makers in a context that transcends backgrounds and interests.





“Queer Elder Archive” by Samantha Nye, Collaborator: Emily Wells

As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots approaches, artist Samantha Nye intends to create a collective of oral histories of queer elders, or members of the LGBTQ community older than 65. The artist will interview members of the LGBTQ community who have lived in New York City since 1969, and alongside recollections of Stonewall and the LGBTQ community at that time will be asked to relay personal memories to highlight the richness of queer life. To memorialize the lives of those who are at risk of erasure, the artist will publish the collective, which will consist of not only interviews but photo journals as well, as a free podcast to maximize accessibility.


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

Rema Hort Mann Foundation
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