This year, the Robert Giard Foundation awarded its 8th Annual fellowship supporting artists addressing issues of sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ identity. These works are not easily funded and we applaud your contribution, which will have a far-reaching impact. As this year’s fellow, Leonard Suryajaya, explains:
“Earlier this year, queer people in my home country of Indonesia saw increasing public hostility and parliamentary attacks on their rights. Condemnation and oppression of LGBTQ identities and expressions are out in full force. In light of these challenges, the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship couldn’t come at a better time for me and for my work. I am honored, energized, and motivated by being named a Fellow for the 2016-2017 cycle. The support from the Foundation helps guide and support my practice and encourages me to work hard and to overcome my disappointments and fears. If I can’t be queer in my home country, then my work abroad will be an even more defiant testament to alternative ways of being.”
These same challenges are also very much a part of our lives in the United States. This is not a time for fear, but for action.
Your year-end, tax-deductible contribution will help the Robert Giard Foundation support defiant voices of resistance and beauty in our country and abroad.