Cultural Incubator

Ted Decker Catalyst Fund


phICA is working in collaboration with Ted Decker Catalyst Fund to enable the organization to continue its work in the Phoenix, State of Arizona, United States, and international cultural communities it serves.

Since 2003, the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund has been making legacy investments in artists’ futures by awarding advocacy, marketing, and mentoring mini-grants to encourage artists to more effectively position themselves for success in their careers.

Ted Decker has been a mentor to numerous local, regional, and national artists for over 35 years in the areas of advocacy and marketing. The Ted Decker Catalyst Fund formalizes his vision and bolsters his efforts to help and encourage artists with professional practices in their art careers.

Contributions in any amount are accepted and appreciated. All contributions go directly to support artists.

Beth Ames Swartz / Reminders of Invisible Light Project

Beth Ames Swartz, The Thirteenth Moon, Evening near Serpent River, 2007, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 72″ x 60″ (1.83m x 1.52m)
photo credit: John D. Rothschild

We’ve kicked off an Indiegogo campaign that runs through October 31 to raise the remaining project funds for post-production by February, 2016. Please make as generous a donation as you can today. You’ll receive credit in the film and other perks! To make a donation click hereThanks for your support!

“Beth Ames Swartz/Remainders of Invisible Light” is a film documentary to be distributed to local and national public, cable, and broadcast television; Video on Demand; DVD; web; film festivals and university educational opportunities. The film is targeted to adults male and female, ages 25 – 54 and 55+. Eight, Arizona PBS, is the Presenting Local Public Station for the project. The Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) is the Executive Producer as well as the fiscal sponsor and funds will be raised and disseminated through this nonprofit organization.

Beth Ames Swartz is a contemporary visual artist whose multi-dimensional paintings and installations, presented in series, explore global wisdom systems and invite the viewer to explore a higher level of personal awareness, and attain a deeper understanding of self, human connectivity and the sacredness of life. She articulates her vision for each series by translating these systems into evocative works that highlight universal themes of love, compassion, personal growth and sustainability. Swartz’s highly textured artworks serve as portals to healing. Swartz’s 55 year fine art career includes more than 70 museum and gallery exhibitions, three books, five catalogs, numerous critically acclaimed reviews and three traveling museum exhibitions including a premiere exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York. She received the Arizona Governor’s Individual Artist Award in 2001, and was the subject of a Phoenix Art Museum retrospective in 2002. The Veteran Feminists of America honored Beth in 2003 for her contribution to the arts nationally.

This film invites viewers to explore their beliefs and those of other cultures to learn how they can believe in their own healing processes and growth that can lead to a more universally connected humanity. Beth Ames Swartz’s life serves as an inspiration—a blueprint—for others to achieve a life of purpose filled with courage, generosity, resilience, and love and acceptance for others despite numerous debilitating travails, especially in a world where connectivity with art, humanity and our environment has become increasingly disposable.

I Have a Name Project

I Have a Name Imagery
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Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) is working with The I Have a Name Project to expand the organization’s message in awareness for our nation’s homeless.

The art + advocacy campaign is a homeless initiative born out of a desire to inspire change and deliver hope where hope runs thin. The I Have a Name Project’s enduring mission endeavors to create greater understanding and compassion for the nearly 3.5 million Americans that call the street home.

In 2007, Jon Linton volunteered at a shelter to better understand the plight of those without a door to walk through at day’s end. He then began gathering imagery to document the homeless.

The most poignant moment of the campaign came when Linton asked a homeless man his name. Said Chuck Ridgeway, “You have no idea how long its been since someone has cared to ask me who I am”, Chuck went on to mention, “We are America’s forgotten, the walking invisible.” The project became I Have a Name in that instant.

Years of work have given rise to a large social media following, several exhibitions and a book entitled I Have a Name. More importantly, the project has fed and clothed thousands on the street and recently dedicated a large public mural that pays remembrance to lives lost through homelessness.

The I Have a Name Project will begin efforts to make its work more impactful by showcasing its exhibition in different cities across the country. In the assertion that meaningful change is only possible through heighted awareness, the project will also leave a mural in each city as reminder to the project’s message and the underlying work. Says founder Jon Linton, “Art has a responsibility in shaping narratives and creating conversation within our respective communities. I Have a Name humbly aspires to provide an opportunity for pause and to change the way we see the less fortunate.”

Martha & Mary

Martha + Mary/Citizens’ Space PHOENIX 

phICA is working in collaboration with Martha + Mary to nourish and fortify the organization as a future freestanding not-for-profit. 

M+M has been involved in several projects over the past several years: art exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, operators of the Welcome Diner in Downtown Phoenix and developers of the neighborhood spot “4404”. We are currently under construction on Yourland, a 20-acre historic redevelopment that is adjacent to Sky Harbor Airport, and recent projects include producing SIGNBAND or Citizens’ Space PHOENIX.

It is the great hope of Martha + Mary that our projects, at their foundation, are of love and service.

Cynthia Hogue And Rebecca Ross, When The Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina

Cynthia HogueRebecca Ross

Cynthia Hogue Photo (Sylvain Gallais)

In 2010, phICA provided incubation support to Rebecca Ross and Cynthia Hogue and their fundraising efforts to write and publish When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. The book is a compelling collection of interview-poems by Hogue and photographs by Ross that portrays the experiences of twelve evacuees. These evacuees include ordinary people from all walks of life. When the Water Came gives form and voice to the resourcefulness of individual evacuees expressed through their own words and in the photographs of faces, rescued possessions, and lost homes. Through images and words, these survivors tell us about courage, dignity, and resilience.

“In When the Water Came, people who made it through Hurricane Katrina speak out. From hundreds of pages of transcribed interviews, Cynthia Hogue has crafted harrowing poems of devastation and possibility. Rebecca Ross’s water-tossed images soak into us, leaving indelible marks.”
-Peggy Shumaker, Just Breathe Normally and Gnawed Bones

When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
Interview-poems by Cynthia Hogue
Photographs by Rebecca Ross
Published by University of New Orleans Press, August 2010