Locust Projects Expands With Cannonball's WaveMaker And LegalLink Programs

Two of Miami’s important artist resource programs will now be housed at Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space

(Miami, FL):  Locust Projects is pleased to announce the expansion of its programming to include Cannonball’s WaveMaker Grant and LegalLink programs. “We’re thrilled to bring these two significant resources under the umbrella of our programmatic offerings at Locust Projects extending our commitment to serving as a resource and community hub for artists living and working in South Florida,” said Lorie Mertes, Executive Director of Locust Projects.  

“Cannonball has found the perfect partner in Locust Projects to sustain our core programs.  Locust Projects will carry the torch of WaveMaker and LegalLink into a new era.  These programs serve a vital need in the South Florida arts community and will complement Locust’s existing programming and services,” said Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Co-Founder of Cannonball, and Brian Heller, Vice-Chairman.

WaveMaker Grants is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program, and was the first in the southeast. Since 2015, WaveMaker has awarded forty grants through a juried process supporting projects that are non-commercial, non-institutional, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, and expose audiences to innovative artistic practices typically under-recognized by traditional venues.

LegalLink serves the legal needs of artists and arts organizations in Florida by pairing them with attorneys who volunteer their time on a pro bono basis. They assist with all types of legal issues, including estate planning, family law, immigration, contracts, business law, real estate, taxes, copyright, trademark, and more. For many artists, LegalLink has been a vital resource in their attempts to protect their work and empower their careers.  LegalLink assists over 100 artists and arts organizations annually.

Cannonball was founded in 2003 as LegalArt to support emerging artists by providing free legal services and professional development programs. These initiatives, which were co-presented throughout Miami with partner organizations, were created expressly to professionalize, sustain, and advance artists’ careers.

“Locust Projects is thankful for Cannonball’s contributions to our artistic community and we look forward to honoring their legacy by presenting these impactful programs at Locust.”

ABOUT LOCUST PROJECTS

Founded by three artists in 1998 in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Locust Projects is a Miami-based not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with support from: The Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Cowles Charitable Trust; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant; Locust Projects Exhibitionist and Significant Others Members.

PRESS INQUIRIES: For additional information, please contact: Lorie Mertes, executive director director@locustprojects.org or 305-576-8570