November 17, 2022
To uplift, center and invest in Black voices and organizations working in art and design, Instagram is awarding $650,000 to 10 Black artists, designers and small businesses across the United States. Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, the #BlackVisionaries grants include five $100,000 Visionary Small Business grants and five $30,000 Emerging Visionary grants, awarded with the support of Meta Open Arts.
As part of the museum’s commitment to the local community, one of this year’s Visionary Small Business grant recipients is based in Brooklyn.
These artists, designers and small business owners think in expansive, experimental ways. Their work spans disciplines, including poetry, visual design, spatial design, sculpture, photography, film, experiential design and education. But a commitment to community unites them. They join the 2021 Black Visionaries in creating community, creating culture and creating change.
— Antwaun Sargent, writer, curator and #BlackVisionaries Creative Chair
Grant recipients were selected from nearly 2,000 applications by a committee of Black artists and designers, led by Antwaun Sargent, including Elle Decor Editor-in-Chief Asad Syrkett, Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter and Director of Metaverse Design at Meta, Ian Spalter. With the support of Mobile Makers, a nonprofit organization offering design and skill-building workshops for creative youths, each recipient will also be connected with a community of mentors.
Follow Instagram’s @design to Learn more about the 2022 Black Visionaries grant recipients.
Visionary Small Business: Black Fashion Fair (@blackfashionfair)Photo by: Elias Williams
Black Fashion Fair is a conceptual retail, educational and cultural experience focused on the discovery and furtherance of Black designers and Black-owned brands. By cultivating retail spaces and experiences, Black Fashion Fair supports the ideas and continued growth of Black designers and Black-owned brands.
— Antoine Grégory, Founder & Creative Director @blackfashionfair
Emerging Visionary: Christopher Joshua Benton (@christopherjoshuabenton)Photo by: Elias Williams
Christopher Joshua Benton is an American artist based in Boston and working in film and installation. Christopher works closely with communities to instigate collaboration and share stories of power, labor and hope. Inspired by his years living in the United Arab Emirates, his research investigates traces of the homeland in the diaspora.
— Christopher Joshua Benton
Visionary Small Business: Pacific (@pacific_pacific)Photo by: Elias Williams
Pacific is a multidisciplinary creative studio and publishing house based in Brooklyn. Founded by Elizabeth Karp-Evans and Adam Turnbull in 2017, the studio’s work is centered on creating design and communication systems that innovate and build community at the intersection of art, publishing, placemaking, technology and culture. They seek to cultivate long-lasting creative relationships that result in community and individual growth, new modes of social exploration and engagement. They also work to put enduring objects in the hands of the public.
— Elizabeth Karp-Evans, Principle
Emerging Visionary: Cornelius Tulloch (@corneliustulloch)Photo by: Melody Timothee
Cornelius Tulloch is a Miami-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. With work transcending the barriers of photography, fine art and architecture, he combines creative mediums to tell powerful stories. His interdisciplinary practice is inspired by Black and Caribbean cultures, histories and everyday life.
— Cornelius Tulloch
Visionary Small Business: Dark Matter U (@darkmatter_u)From left: Jennifer Newsom, Justin Garrett Moore, Camille Sherrod, Jerome Haferd, Nupur Chaudhury. Photo by: Elias Williams
Dark Matter U (DMU) is a BIPOC-led, anti-racist design justice network seeking the radical transformation of education and practice toward a just future. An ever-growing democratic network, its core team includes Jerome Haferd, Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, Germane Barnes, Bryan C. Lee Jr., Justin Garrett Moore, Jennifer Newsom, Quilian Riano and Tya Winn.
— Jerome Haferd, architect, public artist and educator
Emerging Visionary: Anaïs Duplan (@an.duplan)Photo by: Elias Williams
Anaïs Duplan is a trans* filmmaker, poet and author who often works in video poetry and lecture performances. In 2016, Anaïs founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (@afrofuturist.center), an artist residency program for artists of color in Iowa City, where he received his MFA, and where he remains a curator.
— Anaïs Duplan
Emerging Visionary: Albert Hicks IV (@alberlaurentiv)Photo by: Elias Williams
Albert L Hicks IV is one half of Ayem, a design and research studio he founded alongside Marcus Washington Jr. Ayem is an emerging design and research based platform interested in how communities, spaces, and objects shape culture, language and perspective. As they develop Ayem, their ethos remains true to their own identities.
— Albert L Hicks IV
Emerging Visionary: Jaline McPherson (@jaline.creates)Photo by: Elias Williams
Jaline McPherson is a designer, artist and writer who seeks to elevate stories of Black cultural landscapes and ethnobotanical histories. Her most recent research used plants, reimagined public spaces and magic to create an abundant future for the first Black Freedman’s town in the U.S. She believes that design and storytelling can help redefine healing and joy for Black and brown communities.
— Jaline McPherson
Visionary Small Business: Strada (@strada.world)Photo by: Elias Williams
Paul Hill was 22 when he founded Strada, a New York-based art gallery and online marketplace creating equitable opportunities for emerging artists. Strada’s physical exhibitions are platforms for artists who have been overlooked. Born and raised in Harlem, Hill is also recognized for creating community-based solutions to complex problems. His first app, Pronto!, served as a database for volunteers and donors fighting for Black Lives Matter.
— Paul Hill
Visionary Small Business: The Black School: Design Studio (@theblackschool)Taylor Hunter, with photo assistant Renia Johnson
The Black School, founded by Joseph Cuillier and Shani Peters, teaches Black history and creativity using a three-part ecosystem: art workshops, a festival and a full-service design firm and consultancy specializing in community-centered graphic design. Creative Director Joseph Cuillier and Education Director Shani Peters use a community-engaged approach to design products, environments, experiences and systems.
— Joseph Cuillier