Invitation for Proposals: Radical Imagination Fund

July 2nd 2020

With generous support from the Surdna Foundation, the Transforming Power Fund invites proposals from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists and organizations for its Radical Imagination Fund.

The Radical Imagination Fund will provide resources to artists and organizations who are embedding their creative practice within work for racial justice, and who are committed to expanding our collective imagination for what a racially just world can be. Funding will be prioritized to artists who practice their work through cultural organizing, defined as work “for justice that is at the intersection of art, activism, education and culture”.  As such, all individual projects are required to partner with a community-led organization in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck. All genres of art are welcomed. 

The Radical Imagination Fund will provide 6-8 grants of $75,000, over 3 years, for projects that operate from October 2020-2023.  Awardees will be a part of a cohort, and will receive professional development opportunities including capacity-building trainings and support. This may include trainings in areas such as fundraising/grant-writing, fiscal management and marketing, however these opportunities will be emergent and tailored to the specific needs of the artist cohort. 

In addition, artists will have the opportunity to incorporate community-centered research into their project. In partnership with the Highlander Center, applicants will have the opportunity to conduct collaborative, community-centered inquiry about arts and racial justice in their own communities. This opportunity will provide 1-2 projects with additional funding for a Participatory Action Researcher.

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