$ 600,000 has been awarded to 17 local artists and creative projects in the hope that they will make a difference in the town of Elm.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – In an effort to promote community healing and racial justice, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has partnered with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
$ 600,000 was awarded to 17 local artists and creative projects under the Racial Equity and Creative Healing Grant (REACH) Through the Arts.
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The hope is that artists will make a difference in the New Haven area.
Two grant recipients are: community podcaster Rebekah Moore of #ThaTeam Podcast and local muralist Kwadow Adea of Adae Fine Art Academy.
“This grant really helps us to empower community members to appreciate art, to have access to art, which might not have been the case before,” Adea told FOX61.
The REACH grant made it possible to fully finance the changes of Community initiative.
Luciana McClure, of the REACH Grant Advisory Group, said total funding was vital to seeing and helping community transition through art.
“It was a collective effort by the community to rethink how grants are awarded by how they reach artists and creatives,” McClure explained. “The artist has to cover the costs. Then he has to pay himself and be able to survive while creating his work.”
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McClure said the grant creation and selection process took about six months, all of the recipient projects were heavily dependent on the grant and were all local minority artists.
Moore said receiving the grant left her speechless. She added that the money is an investment to create a way to help high school students in the area learn the art of podcasting and that it will create much needed mentorship and opportunity for students.
“They’re going to fully manage their show, they’re going to come up with their topics and their content,” Moore explained. “You know, there can be tears, there can be laughter. It’s just an outlet.”
For Adea, he said it would cover the cost of uniting the community and creating a three-story mural on the side of Hillside Family Shelter.
“I wanted to create a symbol of beauty on the walls and this area, a three story mural of orchards, so you can see that there is hope,” Adea explained.
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He said a project of this magnitude could be expensive, so funding from the REACH grant has been vital in creating art and the community to help print Elm City.
Raquel Harrington is the race and culture reporter for FOX61 News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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