The Grants Department is another first for the Moon and Stars Project and for the Turkish-American community as a whole. This department is focused solely on funding artists through a grants program –competitively awarded Project and Residency grants for burgeoning and established artists. Designed to promote greater two-way cultural exchange, these grants will provide artists with the funds to travel to either Turkey or the United States, facilitate their exposure to artistic trends, stimulate and encourage their artistic development, and allow for networking and collaboration with the local artistic community. In addition, the Grants Department is interested in working with like-minded organizations to initiate cultural exchange and participate in international residency programs.
Residency grants are awarded only to projects under the auspices of an arts and culture organization in Turkey or the United States. Applicants are required to include an invitation letter from the relevant institution(s). Grant recipients are asked to provide a report upon completion of the program that contains visuals and detailed works about the residency, and recognize the award in all written materials related to the program.
Project grants in support of travel and accommodation costs are extended only to projects that will be exhibited in the United States. Due to limited resources, we do not offer grants for film production, education programs or attendance to biennials.
The Moon and Stars Project evaluates grant applications in a quarterly cycle with the following deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 30. The results are announced in about two weeks after the deadline. You may download the grant application HERE. (Türkçe form için TIKLAYINIZ.)
Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, your materials cannot be returned.
Co-sponsored the SVA Summer Residency Scholarship for Turkish artists with The American Turkish Society. Nazim Unal Yilmaz was selected by SVA to receive award.
June - September 2010
Supported "Istanbul Cool! What’s Happening in Contemporary Turkish Art Now" exhibition at the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery.
Awarded a grant to Face2Face, an installation and performance by Rukiye Sahin at Theaterlab.
Awarded a grant to Emily Wing-Yin Hui for her international residency at the Cooperative for the Evaluation of Priene Rug and Carpet Weaving and Development of Women for carpet-making based on the local traditions of Güllübahçe, Söke, Turkey. The program, which focuses on community-based arts and raising 'awareness by art' for ecological and cultural project efforts in the local environment was initiated by Peter Hristoff.
Co-sponsored the scholarship program with American Turkish Society, for the School of Visual Art’s Summer Residency Program. Ayse Nur Ipek was selected by SVA to receive this award.
May 10 - September 27, 2009
Tarjama / Translation Exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art
Supported a recital by internationally renowned pianist
Ýdil Biret, presented by Turkish Women's League of America
Co-sponsored "Filmmaker in Focus: Ferzan Özpetek" at MoMA, organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film at MoMA, Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Cinecittà Holding, Rome
Co-sponsored "Staged Reading: Concubine Sultan Hürrem" by Özen Yula, presented by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Actors Without Borders–ITONY and The American Turkish Society
Continued to co-sponsor the scholarship program with American Turkish Society and School of Visual Art for SVA’s Summer Residency Program, and Sinem Disli was selected by SVA to receive this award.
Co-sponsored “Tribute to the Life and Work of Ilhan Mimaroglu,” a recital by Meral Güneyman with special guest artist Janis Siegel.
Co-sponsored the release parties of "Clashes" by Alper
Co-sponsored "Bring Me The Head Of...," a visual arts
culinary experience by Serkan Özkaya as part of Performa 07.
Co-sponsored a second student with MAC Art Gallery, in Istanbul for SVA’s Summer Residency Program, and Hayal Incedogan was selected to receive this award.
Co-sponsored the scholarship program with American Turkish Society, for the School of Visual Art’s Summer Residency Program. Burcu Yagcioglu was selected by SVA to receive this award.
Co-sponsored Gülay Alpay’s “Sound of Silk: An Exhibition by Gulay Alpay” exhibition at the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, curated by Tchera Niyego.
Continued to co-sponsor the scholarship program with the School of Visual Art for SVA’s summer residency program, and Dilek Tina Winchester was selected by SVA to receive this award.
Awarded a grant to NY Ensemble Theater to support their participation
to “15th Istanbul International Theater Festival” and their
performance of the play “Beware of the Dog”.
Awarded a grant to Munson Williams Proctor ARTS Institute
in Utica to support Ipek Duben’s exhibition as a part of the
project “Substance and Light: Ten Sculptors Use Cameras”.
Awarded a grant to Tash Taskale for his international residency
at Gumusluk Academy Cultural Foundation for the Arts and Center
for Scientific Research in Bodrum, Turkey.
the Madison Square Garden Theater performance of “Fire of
Awarded a merit-based grant to Elif Shafak, whose
"The Saint of Incipient Insanities" has been published
in the U.S.
Awarded a grant to Archipelago Books for the translation
and publication of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "Huzur" ("Peace of Mind").
Co-sponsored Peter Hristoff's "Dua"
exhibitions at the Hagia Sophia Museum and C.A.M. Gallery.
The co-sponsorship extends to the project's future exhibitions
in the U.S.
Awarded a grant to The Sculpture Center’s “Artist-in Residence”
program for Ayse Erkmen for “Busy
a play written by Noyah Einav and directed by Kaan Nazli.
Awarded a grant towards curatorial expenses of the "Global
Feminism" project to the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler
Center for Feminist Art.
Started the scholarship program for the School of Visual Art's
summer residency program and Deniz Aygun was selected by SVA
as the first Turkish artist to receive this award.
Co-sponsored congenitally blind artist Esref Armagan's exhibition
presented by the Art Education for the Blind and hosted by
Connie Collins, Ahmet Ertegun and David Rodriguez.
Provided support for xurban's participation in "The Future
of the Reciprocal Readymade" curated by Stephen Wright
and presented by apexart.
Awarded a project grant to "40 Stations / New York", a photography
project by Muammer Yanmaz and Selen Akçali.
Awarded a grant to Koken Ergun for his international residency
at Location One.
Co-sponsored "Undesire", an exhibition curated by Vasif Kortun,
and presented by Apexart.
Awarded a merit - based grant to Haluk Akakce.
Co-sponsored Haluk Akakce's "No Way Out" at
the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
Co-sponsored "Recent Paintings," an exhibition by
Orhan Taylan at the
National Arts Club, New York City
Awarded our second project grant to Attila Durak for "Ebru",
a photography project that traces the rich ethnic heritage
of Turkey. The American Turkish Society, FUJIFILM TURKEY,
and Open Society Institute are co-sponsors.
Awarded our first project grant to Mevlut Akkaya, a Turkish-American
film director, for "Kanake", a short film dealing
with racism in Germany.