Nolose is delighted to announce the funding of two small projects!
The board voted, at the recommendation of the Small Projects Across the Land (SPAL) committee, which included Nolose community members as well as some board members, to fund three projects, two of which have accepted funding. Here they are!
Plump the Post, at $700.
You may have seen the announcement for Almah LaVon Rice’s radical mail art project, Plump The Post! In her own words: “Plump the Post! is a raucous interruption of correspondence art’s “business as usual.” It’s a mail art intervention that centers and celebrates fat queer iconography. For Plump the Post!, queer fat folks are invited to submit drawings, photographs, scrawls, sketches, typographic art, scribbles, self-portraits, collages, mixed media, comics, abstract art, and any other imagery that reflects fat liberation of the queerest, juiciest kind.”
The committee was excited by Almah’s vision for a Black fat queer led, BIPOC and queer and trans and rural and fat art-making, community-building, space-making intervention into white and thin and straight and nondisabled norms in mail art spaces and discourse. Almah’s experience with mail artmaking and community building, connections with incarcerated people and commitment to ensuring that incarcerated people are part of the project, and experience with project management and organizing, are all major assets to this project, which has just launched! See the call for participants on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
And watch for updates on the project as the submissions come in! Almah’s putting together an online center for the art and a printed zine!
BodyPosiLatinx ED healing circle: $300
The second is our contribution to a community event that Mujer is putting on! Mujer is, as they say, an “Intersectional, anti-racist, feminist Latinx non-profit org for Afro, Indigenous, Queer, Trans & GNC Latinx” folx, based in Toronto, Canada. They have an ongoing healing circle to work on the intersection of eating disorder issues and Latinx community, and the participants in that circle will work together to decide on and plan an event that’s about healing from anti-fat and colonial notions of what Latinx bodies should be. Nolose is excited to contribute a little to Mujer’s building capacity with its community members around resisting fat oppression.
The board also approved $1000 for a BIPOC led and centered, community and capacity building event in the US South, but the main organizer ended up needing to turn down the funds due to circumstances that changed locally. The board has voted to roll this funding into the next SPAL grant allocation.
We appreciate the work that the SPAL committee put in to review and recommend funding allocations! And we’re so excited to see where these grantees go with their projects!