Ping Chong, artistic director of Ping Chong + Company, is one of the recipients of the 2017–2018 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship.
The Art of Change Fellows program recognizes artists and cultural leaders who "blend artistic brilliance with commitment to social justice, and pursue their creative lives in a spirit of generous collaboration." The Fellowships enable these innovators to pursue work that illuminates these connections.
The other Fellows include playwright Dominique Morisseau, Ava DuVernay, Luis Alfaro, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Camille Brown, P. Carl, Sandra Cisneros, Edwidge Danticat, Michelle Dorrance, Gustavo Dudamel, Mohammed Fairouz, Nikky Finney, Joy Harjo, Samuel Hoi, Robin Coste Lewis, Deborah Luster, Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran, Mira Nair, Las Nietas de Nonó's Lydela Nonó and Michel Nonó, Postcommodity's Raven Chacon, Kade Twist, and Cristobal Martinez, Lori Pourier, Esperanza Spalding, Carlton Turner, and Fred Wilson.
“I am truly honored to receive an Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and to be in such illustrious company,” said Chong in a statement. “Art is not created in a vacuum. This is especially true for the art I create, which aspires to examine and challenge the social and political conditions in which we live. So I share this honor with my colleagues at Ping Chong + Company and with the many communities and organizations with which we work.”
Chong’s newest theatrical work, Alaxsxa | Alaska, will make its New York premiere at La MaMa, October 12-29. Tickets are available at LaMaMa.org.
The yearlong fellowship comes with unrestricted stipends of $50,000 for individuals, and $75,000 for collaborative teams. Fellows will create work exploring questions of freedom and justice, which they will showcase in late 2018.