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Join us in imagining a racially just Boston…

We have always lived in unprecedented times. Well before COVID-19, and especially now, artists of color know what is essential for the freedom and liberation of their communities.

We want to support you, your creative practice, your artistic voice, and YOUR world-building vision in collaboration with your community.

We seek to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. 

Who can apply?

  • ALAANA+ artists, creatives, makers, and/or culture workers who live and/or work in Boston
  • You must be at least 14 years old to apply
  • You must be a MA resident
  • Collectives may apply. We respectfully request one point of contact for the application(s). Funds will be awarded to the individual who applies.

 What kinds of projects are eligible?

  • Projects that help us imagine a racially just Boston and further racial justice in the present.
  • Projects that involve some aspect of collaboration with your community. We invite you to imagine and define what “community”, “community members”, and/or “partners” means to you and your collaborators. 
  • Projects that have artists and community collaborators based in the City of Boston.
  • Projects that will have an impact on our city that can be accomplished by September 2021.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a community-based panel made up of members who identify as ALAANA+ and who represent a broad spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

Panelists will consider a range of factors in selecting artists and creatives for these grants: artistic medium, creative practice, age, cultural background, experience, imagination, connection with community, vision for justice, feasibility, etc.  

The Cohort of Selected Artists

In this pilot year, fifteen artists / creatives of color will be part of the inaugural RIRJ cohort. To build community among the group, we will organize opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. All artists are expected to participate in an opening celebration in October 2020 and a closing celebration in September 2021.

Throughout the project year artists will gather several times throughout the project year to build fellowship, engage in sustained conversations about racial justice in Boston, and share how their projects are evolving. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.