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GAP Story: Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez

2016 Grants for Artist Projects Recipient

Portrait by Christine Marie Larsen

Dear Artist Trust Supporter,

When I was notified of my Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award last fall, I was thrilled. It was also a relief – a moment of clarity that my path and purpose was right on track.

Artist Trust supports writers and artists like me who are in critical stages of their careers and in the development of projects. When I applied for GAP I knew that the project I was working on, A Few Notes on Grief, would be difficult to write, but it was urgently calling me. There was nothing I wanted to write more. I wanted to write from an Indigenous perspective on how violence and grief had impacted not only me, but my family and community. Having my work acknowledged by Artist Trust in this way meant that others saw potential in my project and that I would have the funds to further my research.

When I begin a new project I often second-guess myself. It is a scary process filled with blank pages, but receiving recognition from Artist Trust has been validating. Writing A Few Notes on Grief remains scary and frustrating at times, but I am now confident that I will complete my manuscript.

Each year, Artist Trust invests in working artists like me through grants and educational programs. When I see that national arts funding is under threat, I am relieved to know that artists in Washington State can still depend on Artist Trust. This support of individual artists has never been more important, and it depends on the generosity of folks like you and me.

Your gift right now will help Artist Trust support artists who share the challenging, transformative stories that make our communities vibrant. Artists like me. Thank you for the support you have shown Artist Trust in the past, and thank you again for the support I hope you will lend this year.


Casandra Lopez

P.S. Thanks to donors like you, last year Artist Trust awarded over $350,000 to 85 artists, and reached thousands more through educational programs. That’s why I am excited to share these opportunities to support artists with you!

1. Click here to donate online!
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3. Click here to read about the Campaign for a Creative Future and make a pledge.

About the Artist

Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian (Cahuilla/Luiseno/Tongva) writer and educator who has received fellowships from CantoMundo and Jackstraw. She has been selected for residencies with the SFAI, School of Advanced Research and Hedgebrook. Her chapter book, Where Bullet Breaks, was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and her hybrid chapter book, After Bullet, is forthcoming from Yellow Chair Press. She is the managing editor of As Us: A Space for Writers of the World.

Casandra has received GAP 2016 funding for A Few Notes On Grief, a hybrid poetry and non-fiction project which will explore grief, violence, and love in many shapes and forms from an Indigenous perspective. The book will be grounded in her personal grief and trauma from witnessing her brother’s murder five years ago, in an attempt to grapple with communal and historical grief and trauma.