Ida B. Wells Fund Expands to Include Film, Visual Arts and Creative Placemaking


Atlanta, Georgia – ‘Chromic Black’ kicked off the second season of The Ida B. Wells Fund and is calling for submissions for directing short films and two new categories – visual arts and creating creative places. This season, the fund is expanding to offer grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 in three categories: Short Filmmaking, Creative Placemaking, and Visual Arts.

The Ida B. Wells Fund competition is open to storytellers whose original work explores the spirit of exploration and deepens our collective literacy. Here are the fund’s key dates.

Short Film Fund entries will support five Black filmmakers with $15,000 each (a total of $75,000). Submissions for short films open on July 16, 2022. The deadline for submission is August 27, 2022. Short film winners will be announced on September 23, 2022.

The Visual Arts Fund will support 12 visual artists at $1,000 each (a total of $12,000). Visual arts entries will be launched on July 21, 2022. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2022. Visual arts winners will be announced on September 23, 2022.

The Creative Placemaking Fund will support four creative placemakers with $25,000. Creative placemaking making apps open October 1st. The deadline for submission is December

1. Winners will be announced on February 14, 2022.

The Ida B. Wells Fund partners with artist-activists in a range of creative disciplines. This year, the fund has two new developments – a new curatorial direction from chromatic black’s artistic director, Jessica Green and three categories – short filmmaking, creative placemaking and visual arts.

“We are equity architects. We build cultural power by partnering with dope artists, creative teams and communities. For impact investors, we connect the messy middle connecting people to the next wave of dark intelligence, creativity, vision, courage and determination,” says Angela Harmon, co-founder and nominee storyteller, filmmaker and creative director at the chromatic black Emmys.

Ida B. Wells Fund Short Film Competition

The winners will be chosen by an interdisciplinary jury made up of expert curators, filmmakers, producers, other arts professionals, academics and last year’s winners through an extensive review process in several stages. steps.

“The Ida B. Wells Fund allows filmmakers to take disruptive risks with new, original work,” says Aunjanue Ellis, Oscar nominee, actress and writer.

The fund will invest in five projects that critique dominant social and historical narratives and embody artistic attributes: engagement, common sense, disruption, cultural integrity, emotional experience, risk taking, coherence, openness, adherence, and ingenuity.

Last year’s film fund winners at $10,000 each include Lamard W Cher-Aime’s “Captain Zero: The Animated Series” which talks about the importance of mental health awareness in Black communities and ” Sunflower: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story” by Christine Swanson with Academy. Prize nominee Aunjanue Ellis.

The Ida B. Wells Fund expands to include creating visual and creative places In addition, the Ida B. Wells Fund will expand to visual arts and creating creative places.

“Not only are artists producers of aesthetic objects and creators of experiences, but they help make places healthier, more equitable and sustainable,” said artistic director Jessica Green. The expansion of the fund to include the creation of creative places is an acknowledgment of creativity as a radical act of resistance.”

The creation of black places is a reclamation of space rooted in memory. The fund recognizes this practice of remembrance, recovery and renewal as a creative act of resistance. The fund will partner with cultural carriers strengthening our participation in public goods.

Visit the Ida B. Wells Fund to apply and for additional updates.


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