Along with business owners, artists are also suffering due to the effects of COVID-19 and Ava DuVernay is making sure creatives are taken care of during this time. Although millions are quarantined and confined to their homes, the When They See Us director reminds us of the importance of the arts. As the country faces it’s the darkest hour, it’s film and television that people have turned to, to keep sane and from boredom.
Through her nonprofit, Array Alliance, film distribution and resource collective made up of art advocacy groups and volunteers, she has put together a $250,000 grant to help support minority and women creatives make pieces dedicated to changing the narrative. Since 2010, Array has helped to provide opportunities to affected filmmakers, creators, journalist, arts advocates, regional film festivals and screening series backed by minorities and women.
So far, Ava has awarded unrestricted ARRAY Grants totaling $10,000 to 14 Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American and female film groups. Some include the Cine Latino Film Festival, Sankofa Film Society, Gary International Black Film Festival, UrbanWorld Festival, Indigenous Film Festival, Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival and more. The recipients of the grant are chosen through a committee of creators in entertainment, academia, and philanthropists.
Because of artists like Ava, creatives stand a chance amid this deadly outbreak because she acknowledges the power and need for minority artists as well as the value in having autonomy over their own narratives.
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“Establishing Array Grants furthers Array’s mission to support arts advocates around the country that are cultural necessities in their communities. With more content from creators of color and women being made, it’s crucial to support the organizations that nurture and nourish these voices,” Regina Miller, Array Alliance’s executive director said in a press release.
“In just the last few weeks, we’ve all gained a new appreciation for the value of human connection and the simple comfort of being together, sharing stories, in a place that feels safe and welcoming. Every community deserves that.”
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com