NBAF launched an Artist Project Fund in April 2020 to support Black Artists in their efforts to get back to work and continue projects stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting them in scaling their art across digital platforms. In 2020, we awarded small stipends to over 80 artists, providing resources to help navigate through difficult times and supported our artist community in continuing to create despite the challenges.
In 2021, the Artist Project Fund has evolved to take support beyond a relief stipend to further nurture amazing talent but on a longer trajectory. The focus is to strategically serve as a small arts generator, supporting the growth and development of artists by providing them with both financial and business support resources to be successful in marketplace and ensure projects thrive and contribute to economy. NBAF intends to provide much needed exposure via programs and activations to help artists develop new audiences, strengthen their voices and advance their careers. Please take a look at the 2021 group of Artist Project Fund recipients and their upcoming projects.