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Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran performing Work Songs at the ARENA, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini during the Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale. Photo: Isabella Balena

Ford Foundation Awards More Than $1.5 Million to Artists Driving Social Change

The Ford Foundation announced today that twenty-five United States–based artists and cultural professionals have been granted Art of Change fellowships in recognition of the use of their practice to help advance social justice. Among the recipients are performer Mikhail Baryshnikov, writer Sandra Cisneros, director and artist Ping Chong, artist Deborah Luster, musicians Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, arts educator Samuel Hoi, and poet Robin Coste Lewis.

The yearlong fellowship comes with unrestricted stipends of $50,000 for individuals and $75,000 for collaborative teams. Fellows will be tasked with creating new work that explores notions of freedom and justice, which will be exhibited in 2018.

“Art is essential in a free and flourishing society,” Elizabeth Alexander, the Ford Foundation’s director of Creativity and Free Expression, said in a statement. “Artists are the visionaries who can shine light on complexity and possibility, and inspire us to make those societies more just and more beautiful. This fellowship recognizes an extraordinarily diverse group of brilliant artists and innovators whose works embody social justice, and enables them to come together and collaborate toward a more just and inclusive future.”

The complete list of fellows is as follows:

Luis Alfaro
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Camille A. Brown
P. Carl
Ping Chong
Sandra Cisneros
Edwidge Danticat
Michelle Dorrance
Gustavo Dudamel
Ava DuVernay
Mohammed Fairouz
Nikky Finney
Joy Harjo
Samuel Hoi
Robin Coste Lewis
Deborah Luster
Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
Dominique Morisseau
Mira Nair
Las Nietas de Nonó
Postcommodity
Lori Pourier
Esperanza Spalding
Carlton Turner
Fred Wilson

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