Foundations Are Teaming Up to Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Fellowship for Disabled Artists and Creatives

artist wearing colorful, knitted design The designer Sky Cubacub, one of the recipients of the 2020 Disability Futures fellowship. Photo: Grace DuVal (via New York Times).

The Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are teaming up to launch the only financial award in the US for disabled creatives from all disciplines. The initiative, called Disability Futures, aims to increase the visibility of disabled artists, address the lack of professional development opportunities available to them, and account for the unique financial challenges they face.

“Institutional structures have not served disabled artists in the past,” Emil Kang, director for Arts and Culture at Mellon Foundation, said. “Disability Futures is the result of listening, collaboration, and humble engagement.”

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