Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, has partnered with the Brooklyn Museum for a small business grant program in 2022 to support black creatives.
The #BlackVisionaries 2022 grant program
The #BlackVisionaries 2022 program will offer $ 650,000 in grants to black artists, black designers and small black businesses. Ten creators will receive grants during this round. This includes five $ 100,000 visionary small business grants for black designers. The program will also award five $ 30,000 emerging grants to design and black arts companies that create experimental work. Currently, the program is only open to companies based in the US
In addition to grant funding, Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum are also partnering with nonprofit Mobile Makers to facilitate a mentoring program for recipients. Participants will receive regular visits to support their creative efforts for an entire year. The overall goal of the program is to support and improve black creatives, who for years are underrepresented in many fields related to art and design.
Antwaun Sargent, writer, curator and creative president of the #BlackVisionaries initiative said in a statement: “Most people who don’t have traditional paths to spaces like arts and design just need opportunities. A grant like this could mean a world of opportunities “.
Sargent is also part of a committee of artists and designers who will review applications and select recipients. The committee also features Elle Decor editor-in-chief Asad Syrkett, Academy-winning costume designer Ruth Carter and Instagram design chief Ian Spalter.
About the #BlackVisionaries grant program
This is now the third year of the #BlackVisionaries grant program. Last year, the program offered grants to five black designers and small black-led businesses, for a total of $ 205,000 in grants. The Visionary Small Business Grant, which included the largest $ 100,000 award, went to the head of the fashion design house. Other recipients were the graphic design studio Morcos Key, the space designer Dominique Petit-Frère, the type designer Tré Seals and the designer and art director Sabl? Stays.
While the grants awarded in 2021 certainly made a difference for recipients, the 2022 program includes more than three times the amount of funding. And the program will support ten companies and designers this year instead of five.
Apply for a #BlackVisionaries 2022 scholarship
To qualify, people must be between 18 and 35 years old, and small businesses or arts organizations must be under ten years old. The @brooklynmuseum Instagram account will also share tips and resources throughout July to support eligible creators who are interested in applying.
Applications for the #BlackVisionaries 2022 grant program officially opened on June 28th. So eligible designers and small businesses run by blacks can apply online now. The deadline for applications is July 29.
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