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Platforms Fund 

The Platforms Fund is a collaborative effort of Antenna and Ashé Cultural Art Center to provide support for the development and presentation of self-organized artistic projects in and around New Orleans. The Platforms Fund seeks to emphasize New Orleans’ historical characteristics of creativity, collaboration, and resiliency, while pushing the boundaries of where community engagement and the dissemination of creative ideas can intersect. 

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Important Dates

June 16, 2019: Application Deadline
August 1, 2019: Selections Announced
Funded projects must commence between August 1, 2019 and August 1, 2020

Public Sessions

Thursday, January 24, 6 pm
Public Information Session: "Ethical and Effective Grantwriting for Platforms and Beyond"
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

Wednesday March 20, 6 pm
Public Information Session: "Strong Narratives & Work Samples"
Antenna's Paper Machine
6330 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Wednesday, April 24, 6 pm
Public Information Session: "Anatomy of a Budget"
3718 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Thursday, May 30, 6:00 pm
Final Workshop: Bring Proposal Drafts and Budgeting Questions
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Several spillways surround the city of New Orleans providing important control of flooding from the Mississippi. For Antenna, the Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four residents are chosen every other year to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.


Residents will be awarded paid travel to and from New Orleans, an initial two week stay in Antenna's residency space, a $1000 honorarium, and introductions to local stakeholders in their areas of interest. Spillways focuses on process over production, so in these initial immersive two weeks, residents are encouraged to come with an open mind and let their ideas adapt to what they have learned. Each resident’s experience will be modeled to spark project ideas that react in unique and interesting ways to the cultural fabric of the city.


Once returning home, residents will have up to three months to develop a proposal for a project within the city. Antenna encourages ambitious project proposals that aim for thoughtful public impact or engagement, which must include a significant outreach component. This could range from visits to local schools, free community workshops, public lectures, or other programs that help the public to better understand the resident’s creative process.

Once a proposal is received, the Antenna team works immediately assessing feasibility and tailoring its approach based on the needs of the project, including funding and materials required. Not every project proposal will be accepted, though if it is, the spillways resident will have the full support, and assistance of the Antenna staff and the organization’s 13 years of experience working in the region to assist at every step to help bring the idea to life. Budget/funding and additional visits and time in the city are adapted to the needs of each approved project, and thus both of these important aspects of a project are left open ended until the proposal stage of each residency. Despite ultimately being the resident’s project, Antenna envisions this process being inherently collaborative and the most successful projects will incorporate New Orleans’ based individuals into their development.

We invite you to visit to see the ongoing work of residents and projects that are created through this residency. 

Important Dates

October 9, 2019 : Deadline for applications 

Nov 2019 : Residents announced 

January 2020-December 2020 : Residency Period

January 2021-December 2021 : Project Development


-Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.

-For artists: you must have a desire to develop work outside of a traditional studio model. 

-For writers: you must have an interest in developing written works that require extended time within a self-defined local community. 

-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years. 

-Must live outside of the greater New Orleans area. 

-Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs. 

Letters Read: Excuses 

Antenna, in collaboration with stationer Nancy Sharon Collins, is accepting submissions to be read to a live audience at LETTERS READ: The dog ate my homework on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Antenna.  The event is free and open to the public.

Educators, or anyone else who has received a memorable excuse- submit your best, funniest, saddest, stupidest and or most implausible excuses that have ever dared to be offered for not handing in work, showing up for class, or bailing on you. Excuses can have been received as an actual note—handwritten or typed—as an email, text, or any other documentation. 

Upload a screen capture, or photograph, of the excuse with a brief description of the circumstance.

This is a rolling, open call opportunity striving to give educators several semesters to collect their most brilliant excuses. Reminders will be posted quarterly on the Antenna newsletter.

Excuses must be real, non-fictional. Notes masquerading as the author, such as a student pretending to be a parent or guardian are welcome along with evidence of why it was not authentic. 

Questions about your letter or the event? Email Nancy Sharon Collins:

LETTERS READ is the ongoing series of live events presented by Nancy Sharon Collins in collaboration with Antenna, in which local performing artists, or individuals like you, interpret current and historically interesting letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and New Orleans communities. For more info: