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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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