Sequential Art for Kids
SEQuential ART for Kids (SEQ ART) was initiated in 1985 by one artist, Diane Postion, in one school, Chinatown's P.S. 130, nearby Franklin Furnace located at the time at 112 Franklin Street in TriBeCa. She is an artist whose work often takes the form of books. SEQ ART began as a literacy program utilizing time-based art forms to teach English to children from mainland China; SEQ ART has now for over 20 years provided comprehensive on-site art activities that integrate with existing school curricula. With a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, SEQ ART reached its largest audience in 1995 with nineteen artists who worked in book and papermaking, photography, performance art, videography, and film animation in nineteen schools in the five boroughs.
Franklin Furnace partnered with P.S. 52 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, for a decade, from 1997 to 2007. In the spring of 2006, Franklin Furnace mounted a partnership with P.S. 20, the Clinton Hill Elementary School, located on Adelphi Street near Franklin Furnace's new headquarters in 80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building.
The Franklin Furnace Fund
Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Franklin Furnace has no curator; Franklin Furnace holds an annual open call for proposals to the Franklin Furnace Fund, and each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work.
Since its inception in 1985 THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND has boosted the careers of such emerging artists as Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Kate Gilmore, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Mouchette, William Pope.L, Pamela Sneed, Jack Waters, Cathy Weis, and Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.
Since its inception in 1976, Franklin Furnace has presented what has come to be known as "variable media" artwork - works which take on new dimensions in each iteration. These works challenge the bounds of genre, varying in the meanings they take on contextually as well as in their physical deployment. Franklin Furnace plans to make all of its archival event records accessible online. On May 11, 2006, the organization received notification that its proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize and publish on its website records of performances, installations, exhibits and other events produced by the organization during its first ten years, had been funded. This project will create electronic access to what are now the only remaining artifacts of these singular works of social, political and cultural expression. On July 7, 2006, ARTstor and Franklin Furnace announced a collaboration agreement, ARTstor's first with an "alternative space." ARTstor is an educational initiative launched by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; its principal goal is to develop a digital archive of art images for non-commercial use in educational settings. In 2010, Franklin Furnace received its second major grant from the NEH to digitize the event archives of its second decade, 1986 to 1996; and to publish these records on Franklin Furnace's website with the goal of embedding the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history.