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Black Art Futures Fund Provides Four New Grants to Black Arts Organizations

By Harriet Staff
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The Black Art Futures Fund, "a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture," has made four new grants, as reported today by Monica Uszerowicz at Hyperallergic. "The winners include groups in New York City and organizations in smaller, regional centers: a $6,000 award to the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City, Iowa; a $4,000 award to the I, Too Arts Collective in New York; and two $2,500 awards to the Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn, and The Watering Hole in Columbia, South Carolina." More about BAFF and the organizations they are supporting:

“I could rattle on for days about the contributions from artists of African descent, and organizations centering those artists, to the larger universe of arts and culture,” BAFF founder DéLana R.A. Dameron, who is a poet and arts administrator in addition to her decade of experience in non-profit fundraising, told Hyperalergic over email. “Today, we need affirming spaces, places that mirror us. Here in New York City, I think about the large, known beacons of Black artistic production: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Studio Museum of Harlem, places I patronize. But, when I want deep community, I turn to the smaller arts and culture institutions, those that I would say are ‘closer to the ground.’ Small community-based organizations are in the schools. They are at, or are hosting, the block party. They are at City Hall. They are most often the first-responders.”

Founded by Dameron as an initiative of her boutique arts and culture firm, Red Olive Creative Consulting, less than a year ago, Black Art Futures Fund is a collective of artists and philanthropists dedicated to both showcasing and preserving the work of black artists. Initially a volunteer-run operation, the project quickly became a Donor Advised Fund in cooperation with the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

 Congrats to all the organizations! Read on at Hyperallergic.

Originally Published: May 9th, 2018