Tanya Aguiñiga, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Vincent Valdez are among the recipients of this year’s grants, funded by the Ford and Mellon Foundations.
In the past year, 122 organizations and filmmakers received funding from JustFilms for projects that are expanding the realm of perspectives from which stories are told.
Eligible arts organizations can apply for funding provided by the Ford Foundation and Atlanta-based nonprofit South Arts.
Several members of the 2021 cohort identify as artists and storytellers, utilizing the power that art and narrative have on changing ideas of power.
The inaugural Disability Futures Fellows include Carolyn Lazard, Christine Sun Kim, and Tourmaline.
Moving toward smaller-scale organizations would help engage younger audiences left out by the companies that preside over 90% of what’s on-air and online.
Disability rights activist Emily Ladau explains “supported storytelling.”
Coco Fusco writes on why “equity won’t be achieved by a new biennial, another emerging artist of color survey, or a record auction sale by a Black artist.”
The unrestricted funds will be released by granting initiative Critical Minded and sponsored by Allied Media Projects.
Over 50 protestors gathered outside the Ford Foundation’s Manhattan headquarters, responding to the foundation president’s statements in support of New York City’s plan to close Rikers Island prison complex and build smaller detention facilities in its place.
In the open letter, they write, “The evidence is clear, more jails – no matter how ‘humane’ – lead to higher rates of incarceration, perpetuate the disruption of families (especially in communities of color), and are harmful to human health.”
The archive of Ebony and Jet is a treasure trove of visual culture; its donation to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Getty Research Institute will allow unprecedented access to decades of Black American history.