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Top: Art collective Las Imaginistas, Miguel Luciano, Gregory Sale, and Jordan Weber. Bottom: Melanie Crean, Brian Harnetty, Our Mothers’ Kitchens, Rachel G. Barnard. Photo: A Blade of Grass.

A Blade of Grass Announces Recipients of 2018 Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art

A Blade of Grass, the Brooklyn-based arts nonprofit that supports socially engaged artists nationwide, announced today the artists who will receive its 2018 fellowships for socially engaged art.

Selected from a pool of 476 applicants, the fellows include artists Rachel G. Barnard, Melanie Crean, Brian Harnetty, Miguel Luciano, Gregory Sale, and Jordan Weber, and art collectives Our Mothers’ Kitchens and Las Imaginistas. They will each receive $20,000 in unrestricted funds to realize projects that explore issues of criminal justice reform, history preservation, food justice, gentrification, and environmental and racial justice, among others.

Among the eight projects receiving financial support are Luciano’s Island/Inland PROMESAS, which will present stories of resistance and resilience from the Puerto Rican community that date from the post–civil rights era to the post–Hurricane Maria present, and a series of community dinners, each of which will focus on a black female writer and be hosted by Khaliah D. Pitts and Shivon Love of Our Mothers’ Kitchens.

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