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The Catalyst and Engage Grants support the creative community in Goa.

The Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grants were instituted in 2020 in response to the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the art world. The closure of institutional and educational spaces, galleries, festivals, workshops and other places of gathering became an incredible burden on the artist community and for many artists, continuing their practice under those circumstances proved to pose serious challenges. The aim of the CATALYST Grants was to provide an impetus to artists to continue their practice under difficult situations by providing financial support to initiate new work and create opportunities to showcase their work at public events.

Since 2020 Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grants are an annual endowment and have been awarded to 18 projects proposed by Goa based arts practitioners working in any medium. The grantees are selected by a jury through an open call and the final project is exhibited at a public gallery or event.

In 2021 we initiated the Goa Open Arts ENGAGE Grants. The purpose of this endowment is to support projects and artist led initiatives that benefit and engender community engagement. The first Grant resulted in a project which brought together 40 children from Aldona village in Goa to create a mural under the mentorship of 3 artists. The ENGAGE grant is an annual endowment and the project is selected through an open call. 

The Goa Open Arts Grants have had a positive impact to promote new artistic explorations and bring them to public viewing.

Past grantees

Catalyst + Engage  Grants 2023

Catalyst + Engage Grants 2022

Catalyst Grants 2021

Engage Grants 2021

Catalyst Grants 2020 

Support the initiative

Goa Open Arts is a platform initiated by artists for artists to support and invigorate creative practice in Goa with the belief that creative thinking and discourse are vital for a healthy society. This initiative is supported and funded by people who acknowledge the role that art plays in community. You can support the initiative in your own way - from making a financial donation, contributing in kind or bringing on board your expertise.

To make a contribution or to read more about ways to support >

To get in touch drop us a mail at goaopenarts@gmail.com

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