Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, is partnering with the Brooklyn Museum for a 2022 small business grant program to support black creatives.
The 2022 #BlackVisionaries Grant Program
The 2022 #BlackVisionaries program will provide $650,000 in grants to black artists, black designers and black small businesses. During this round, ten makers will receive a grant. This includes five $100,000 Visionary Small Business Grants for black designers. The program also awards five $30,000 Emerging Visionary Grants to black art and design companies that create experimental work. The program is currently only open to US companies
In addition to the grant, Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum are also partnering with nonprofit Mobile Makers to facilitate a mentoring program for recipients. Participants receive regular check-ins for a year to support their creative endeavors. The overall goal of the program is to support and uplift black creatives, who have been underrepresented for years in many art and design-related fields.
Antwaun Sargent, writer, curator and Creative Chair of the #BlackVisionaries initiative said in a release: “Most people who don’t have traditional paths to spaces like art and design, just need opportunities. Such a fair can open up a world of opportunities. mean.”
Sargent is also part of a committee of artists and designers that reviews the applications and selects the recipients. The committee also includes Elle Decor Editor-in-Chief Asad Syrkett, Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth Carter and Instagram’s Head of Design Ian Spalter.
About the #BlackVisionaries Grant Program
This is now the third year for the #BlackVisionaries scholarship program. Last year, the program provided grants to five black designers and black-run small businesses, totaling $205,000 in grants. The Visionary Small Business Grant, including the largest prize of $100,000, went to the fashion designer house Head of State. Other recipients were graphic design studio Morcos Key, spatial designer Dominique Petit-Frère, type designer Tré Seals and designer and art director Sabl? stays.
While the grants awarded in 2021 certainly made a difference to those recipients, for 2022 the 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 scholarship for 2022
To be eligible, individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and small businesses or arts organizations must be under the age of ten. The @brooklynmuseum Instagram account will also share tips and resources in July to support eligible creators who want to apply.
Applications for the 2022 #BlackVisionaries scholarship program will officially open on June 28. So eligible designers and Black-led small businesses can now apply online. The application period closes on July 29.
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