The nonprofit, Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG), has announced an artist and designer grant to engage and start young professionals through the nurturing of intellectual exploration in creating a legacy project. The Creative Futures Grant will provide monetary support and mentorship to four Black-identifying third and fourth-year undergraduate students and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S.-based institutions studying visual arts, interior design or architecture.
“In keeping with BADG’s commitment to representing Black talent and culture in visual arts, architecture and interior design, this grant provides the space and support to create projects that Black students in the arts may want to do but are not necessarily supported to create at their educational institutions,” said Malene Barnett, BADG founder. “We invite our supporters to provide donations that allow us to offer these educational initiatives to Black creatives at all stages in their careers. Our Creative Futures Grant provides funding for thoughtful, unconventional, creative projects.”
The grant, along with many other BADG educational initiatives, have been made possible by a generous amount of supporting donations. In choosing the grant recipients, a jury of art and design professional will select four to receive $5,000 for their project. The recipients will also receive mentorship sessions with BADG makers, one-on-one meetings with experienced professionals and project inclusion in the BADG online proposal archive.
The application process will be open through Monday, August 16. BADG will announce grant recipients in the fall. More information about the Creative Futures Grant and application process is available here.
Another version of this article was previously posted on KBB Online.