In 2018, Black Art Futures Fund granted $15,000 to four organizations who in turn used BAFF funds for capacity-building and more–often things traditional funders wouldn’t allow. So a small literary arts organization based in the South can now afford their rent in an arts-centered studio space in the town’s cultural district and purchase donor management software to be able to raise more funds. An African dance studio in Brooklyn can invest in marketing to bring new dancers to their new space, earning more income, begetting more classes, and so on. A Black artist in London can participate in an 8 day residency in Iowa City, and a young person who might not have considered arts administration joins a fellowship. And uptown, in Langston Hughes’ former brownstone, 30 young people take up a pen and write poetry over the summer.
This is the work of Black Art Futures Fund.