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A Blade of Grass's 2016 fellows.

A Blade of Grass Announces 2016 Fellows for Socially Engaged Art

A Blade of Grass—an organization dedicated to supporting artists whose work encourages social change—has announced its 2016 fellowship recipients. The five artists and three collectives that were selected will receive $20,000 in funds and have access to A Blade of Grass’s resources.

The fellows include: Xenobia Bailey, Black Quantum Futurism, Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, Chinatown Art Brigade, Joseph Cuillier, Simone Leigh, Rulan Tangen and Frances Whitehead, and Rebecca Mwase and Ron Ragin.

The collective Rebecca Mwase and Ron Ragin will receive a joint fellowship in criminal justice from A Blade of Grass and the David Rockefeller Fund for their project titled Freedom Chamber, for which they will create sound sculptures that are inspired by the experiences of incarcerated people, their families, and local communities in New Orleans.

“These are artists who are changing what art is, who it’s for, and what it does,” director of A Blade of Grass Deborah Fisher said. “We nurture these artists in a way that is specifically geared toward increasing the effectiveness and visibility of their work, and understanding its value both within the contemporary art discourse and the broader culture.”

To read more about the winning projects click here.

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