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    Here are the recipients of the 2021 Creative Capital Awards.

    Rasheeda Saka

    December 8, 2020, 12:50pm

    Today, Creative Capital announced the recipients of its annual awards, which provide $50,000 and career development to emerging artists. The awards are designed to function as a long-term partnership, one that helps artists develop stable and sustainable practices that will enrich both their projects and careers.

    The 35 multidisciplinary projects to receive funding range from documentary film and sculpture to musical theater and social practice. And 7 are for literary manuscripts in progress.

    Moreover, the pool of recipients is quite diverse: 76% identify as people of color, 55% as female, and 10% as having a disability. Grantees range in age from their 20s to their 70s and are based in 12 different states and territories.

    “We look forward to seeing these projects grow to make their mark on the world, in spite of the tremendous challenges this year has posed for so many artists,” said Leslie Singer, Creative Capital’s Interim Executive Director, in a statement.

    The winning projects were selected from nearly 4,000 submissions by an eight-member panel composed of curators, past awardees, and other arts professionals.


    2021 Creative Capital Grantees

    Suha Araj
    Brooklyn, NY
    Pickled (Khsara)
    Comedy, Narrative Film

    People’s Kitchen Collective
    (Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, Saqib Keval)
    Oakland, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Mexico City, Mexico
    Artistic Activism, Social Practice

    Wafaa Bilal
    New York, NY
    In a Grain of Wheat: Cultivating Hybrid Futures in Ancient Seed DNA
    Bio Art, Sculpture

    Shirley Bruno
    Brooklyn, NY
    Just Come/Been To
    Experimental Film, Narrative Film

    William D. Caballero
    Los Angeles, CA
    Animation, Documentary Film

    The Black School (Joseph Cuillier III, Shani Peters)
    New York, NY
    The Black Schoolhouse
    Social Practice, Cultural Organizing

    Reid Davenport
    Oakland, CA
    I Didn’t See You There
    Documentary Film

    Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Terence Nance
    Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA
    Kiara Daja Diamond and the 777 Satisfactions
    Graphic Novel, Animation

    Anne Finger
    Oakland, CA
    Wheeling in Berlin
    Literary Nonfiction

    Shana M. griffin
    New Orleans, LA
    Social Practice, Multimedia

    Mitchell S. Jackson
    Chicago, IL
    John of Watts
    Literary Fiction

    Lars Jan
    Los Angeles, CA
    Multimedia Performance, Augmented Reality

    Meng Jin
    San Francisco, CA
    Mothers and Girls: A Fake Memoir
    Literary Fiction

    Crystal Kayiza
    Brooklyn, NY
    The Gardeners
    Documentary Film, Experimental Film

    Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
    Brooklyn, NY
    Video Art, Narrative Film

    Jenny Lion
    Minneapolis, MN
    untitled (Nevada, Utah)
    Documentary Film, Video Art

    Marie Lorenz, Kurt Rohde, Dana Spiotta
    New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Syracuse, NY
    Newtown Odyssey
    Opera, Sculpture

    Sabrina Orah Mark
    Athens, GA
    Happily: Essays on Motherhood and Fairytales
    Literary Nonfiction, Digital Media

    Derek McPhatter
    Chicago, IL
    NightQueen Performance Suite
    Theater, Musical Theater

    Julian Terrell Otis
    Chicago, IL
    Resolved: Critiquing Contemporary Music Through Improvised Performance
    Music Performance, Artistic Activism

    Will Rawls
    Brooklyn, NY
    Dance, Animation

    Tomeka Reid
    Brooklyn, NY
    Women of the AACM
    Artistic Activism, Music Performance

    Marc Anthony Richardson
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Serpent Will Eat Whatever is in the Belly of the Beast
    Literary Fiction, Poetry

    Sandy Rodriguez
    Los Angeles, CA
    Book 13: After the Conquest – Codex Rodriguez Mondragon
    Painting, Installation

    Sherrill Roland
    Durham, NC
    The Jumpsuit Portal
    Social Practice, Multimedia

    Bayeté Ross Smith
    New York, NY
    Art of Justice
    Artistic Activism, Installation

    Jules Rosskam
    Philadelphia, PA
    Desire Lines
    Documentary Film

    Legacy Russell
    New York, NY
    Literary Nonfiction, Digital Media

    Elaine McMillion Sheldon
    Knoxville, TN
    King Coal
    Documentary Film, Experimental Film

    Débora Souza Silva
    Oakland, CA
    Black Mothers
    Documentary Film, Artistic Activism

    Martine Syms
    Los Angeles, CA
    Dumb World
    Narrative Film, Video Art

    Anna Tsouhlarakis
    Boulder, CO
    Indigenous Absurdities
    Social Practice, Installation

    Jessica Vaughn
    Brooklyn, NY
    Working Procedures
    Sculpture, Installation

    Jordan Weber
    Des Moines, IA
    4MX Greenhouse
    Artistic Activism, Architecture and Design

    Simone White
    Brooklyn, NY
    or, on being the other woman
    Poetry, Multimedia Performance

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