The Media Arts Fellowships Program
I hope that my films provide inspiration for people to pursue their dreams, artistic or otherwise. I cannot stand art that is ultra-exclusive, you know, art that condescends to the audience and makes it feel inferior. Jon Moritsugu (1996 Fellow)
The Media Arts Fellowships Program encompassed a range of activities designed to provide financial, promotional and professional assistance to media makers and to encourage the production, distribution and exhibition of independent media in all forms.
The cornerstone of the Program's activities was the Media Arts Fellowships, which supported the creation of new works that brought innovation to the media arts. Whether through new technologies or classical traditions, artists who received Fellowships were encouraged to redefine, invent, and explore visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture.
The Program provided additional support by working with curators, programmers and distributors in the United States and abroad to program and/or distribute Fellowship-supported projects. Artists and their projects were promoted though this website and occasional print publications. Additionally, the program provided expertise and resources in the areas of exhibition and distribution possibilities, proposal writing and referrals to additional funding sources.
Background and Funders
The Rockefeller Foundation initiated the Media Arts Fellowships in 1988 to fund gifted media artists in the United States. Beginning in 1992, Fellowships were also awarded in Latin America. Over the years the program grew to include additional activities beyond the awarding of Fellowships and its funding sources diversified.
The Program was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, from 1988 -2008, with additional funding from Ford Foundation, Cinepolis and LAPTV. From 1992–2001, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation co-funded the Latin American Fellowships.