Situated between the Indian subcontinent to the south and west, the oasis societies of Central Asia to the north, and Greater China to the east, the Tibetan Plateau is home to a unique culture, with distinctive technologies and traditions that have allowed Tibetan communities to thrive for centuries amid some of the harshest conditions on earth.
Trace Foundation provides support for projects in all the fine arts including painting, sculpture, calligraphy, music, dance, theater, design, architecture, film, and photography. In particular, we are interested in open-source projects that can be made universally accessible online and directly benefit communities on the Plateau. Proposals should be for original works in Tibetan-language or otherwise derived from Tibetan traditions.
The Tibetan Plateau has undergone dramatic changes in the past half century. Following the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, a new focus on economic growth throughout the PRC has ushered in a period of rapid modernization and tighter integration with the rest of the country. While the drive has brought large-scale investment to the region, it has had a profound effect on the traditional culture of the Tibetan Plateau.
To preserve the legacy of traditional Tibetan culture and ensure its continuity, Trace Foundation provides support to document traditional culture, restore historic buildings, digitize rare manuscripts, and more.