WOPHA to receive $25.000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support for the 2024 WOPHA Congress

WOPHA / 01.29.2024

WOPHA is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000.

This grant will support the 2024 WOPHA Congress, a multi-day creative convening that seeks to create a critical space for photography in Miami. The WOPHA Congress will take place from October 23 – 26 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and several other locations across the city. In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA), which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

“To be awarded our first NEA grant marks a monumental achievement for us,” states Aldeide Delgado, WOPHA Founder & Director. “As the foremost supporter of the arts and education nationwide, the NEA is a champion of excellence and merit in the arts community. Their generous support provides critical validation to our organization while advancing our goal to make a meeting place for the international photography community in Miami.”

The WOPHA Congress brings together worldwide organizations of women photographers, art historians, theorists, and curators who aim to build upon and better represent the dynamic history of women photographers from the 19th Century through today. This event presents pioneering and emerging research and discourse in the field, considering national and international discussions about women and feminisms in the history of photography. At the same time, it constitutes a platform to celebrate women and provides an unparalleled network for the international community of women in the photographic arts. 

The second WOPHA Congress edition explores different perceptual modalities of how we engage with photography and, by doing so, proposes alternative methodologies for radical pedagogies. The program will feature artists, curators, and scholars who teach photography, influencing future generations of women-identifying photographers. We aim to delve into historical and contemporary experimental practices of photography education while presenting new models and pedagogies for teaching photography.

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit: arts.gov/news

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