A purple square reads ArtsWorcester 2024-2025 Material Needs Grant Recipient, a grant set by an anonymous donor in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The square is semi-transparent and overlaid with a photo of the artist, Alana Garrigues, from behind, photographing very large tree root system of a ficus tree growing in a grove at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Torrance, California. The photo was taken by the artist's mother in 2019.

I’m stoked to have received a Material Needs Grant via ArtsWorcester!

On March 4, the news went out via ArtsWorcester, a fabulous gallery space and arts organization located in Worcester, MA, that I was one of seven artists awarded a Material Needs Grant for the 2024-2025 season.

The grant, which is funded by an anonymous donor and earmarked for supplies toward the creation of a new/expanded body of work, will be used to explore tree roots in three-dimensional, sculptural form.

It is an expansion of my Mother Tree Holds the Stories series, and I am so excited about it! I’ll share more around the reason and the impetus for the shift and expansion as time goes on.

The grant includes an exhibit in Fall 2025 with fellow Material Needs recipients. That date is TBD.

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