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Radical Imagination for Racial Justice

UnBound Bodies Collective. The Stoop. 2019. Photo by Tyahra Angus/Afrocentered Media. Courtesy the artists.
Photo: UnBound Bodies Collective. The Stoop. 2019. Photo by Tyahra Angus/Afrocentered Media. Courtesy the artists.

about

Radical Imagination for Racial Justice is a new regranting program made possible by the Surdna Foundation to Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the City of Boston in the amount of $1.2 million. 

This regranting initiative will span three years and supports artists and creatives of color who live and/or work in Boston, by distributing funds to those seeking to advance racial justice through collaborative projects in their communities.


2020 rirj grantees

On December 2, 2020, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with MassArt announced 16 ALAANA+/BIPOC artists and collectives received grants totaling $250,000 in the first year of the Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) program. The funds and program support are dedicated to artists who identify as ALAANA+ (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab or Native American) or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and who work at the intersection of art, community, and justice to radically imagine and build toward a racially just society. These grants are made possible by the Surdna Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program.

$40,000 Grants

  • UnBound Bodies Collective
  • Adobo-Fish-Sauce
  • Nia Holley
  • Fabiola Méndez
  • Husain Rizvi  
  • Lily Xie

$1,000 Grants

  • Christine Alcindor
  • Mila Fields-Zayas
  • Silvina Ibañez
  • Mariona Lloreta
  • Nate McLean-Nichols
  • Micah x Ireon
  • S
  • Leonard Tshitenge
  • Aggrey Twinomugisha
  • Irischa Valentin

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connect

See radical imagination for racial justice happening around Boston? Use #RIRJBoston and #imaginejusticeboston to share your work, events, and ideas with us. 

Follow MassArt and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture to stay up to date with grantee projects and processes! 

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