On November 17, #BlackVisionaries creative chair Antwaun Sargent revealed this year’s Black Visionaries grant recipients. In partnership with Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum, Sargent awarded $650,000 in grants to 10 Black artists, designers, and Black-owned small businesses working across art and design in light of the program's dedication to uplifting and investing in Black voices and organizations. There are five $100,000 Visionary Small Business grants for Black-led organizations in the US and five $30,000 Emerging Visionary grants for US-based individuals focused on art and design. And just when you thought it couldn't get better than that, the Brooklyn Museum and Instagram also partnered with the nonprofit organization, Mobile Makers to provide mentorship to the recipients as well. When asked about the overall goal of the program, Sargeant said, “Community builds community and that’s the intentionality behind what we’re trying to establish here. It is the financial support, mentorship, connections, and the emphasis on storytelling that, combined, are meant to provide a framework for the boundless development of these recipients.”
This year’s grant recipients were selected by a committee of artists and designers, including Elle decor editor in chief Asad Syrkett, Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth Carter, and head of Metaverse design, Ian Spalter. This year’s grant recipients include groundbreaking organizations such as Black Fashion Fair. Scroll below for a full rundown of the talented grant recipients.