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Black Artists Fund
Amplifying Black Artists
The Black Artists Fund was started by Sacramento Black creatives to address inequity in arts funding. Through micro and small grant-giving, Black Artists Fund’s goal is to close the gap that Black artists face in beginning and sustaining their art careers.
With funding, Black artists can expound on their creative practice with new ideas, larger-scale works, innovative experimentation, community projects, and overall, an increased capacity to produce culturally relevant work.
Donations are collected from patrons of the arts, organizations, philanthropists, collectors, and anyone else that understands the value in establishing and sustaining an environment for Black creative production.
Black Artists Fund was launched by Faith McKinnie, a local independent art collector and curator on June 11, 2020 with an initial goal of $10,000. Within a few days, the fund exceeded its goal and has received over $25,000 in donations from over 250 individuals.
As the founding director of Black Artists Fund, Faith’s work is rooted in the prioritization and centering of artists from the margins. As a community engagement coordinator at Crocker Art Museum, an art consultant, independent curator, and patron, she believes in the transformative power of diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive art.
On December 4, 2020, Black Artists Fund awarded $22,000 to 26 Black artists in its second round of funding. See the full list of Winter 2020 Grantees: https://www.blackartistsfund.org/winter2020grantees
List of Grants
Sower $2,000+ aims to support Sacramento-based Black artists whose work exhibits exceptional power and potential and help further their artistic practice, including developing new ideas, starting a new project, and/or completing an existing project.
Cultivation $750-$1,000 aims to support Sacramento-based Black artists who demonstrate exceptional creative ability and potential with marketing/publicity costs, supplies/materials needed for the execution of a project and direct administrative expenses.
Branch $500 aims to support Black artists based outside Sacramento who demonstrate exceptional creative ability and potential with marketing/publicity costs, supplies/materials needed for the execution of a project and direct administrative expenses.
Seed (up to $500) aims to support Sacramento-based Black artists at an early stage of their career development and continue their important work.
Germination $100 aims to support Sacramento-based Black youth artists under the age of 18 develop new work or complete an existing art project.
IRIE Magazine supports Black Artists Fund and encourages fine, applied, and creative artists using all mediums to apply. IRIE also invites you to support Black Artists Fund with a donation by visiting their GoFundMe page. (Visit Donate Link below)
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