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OPEN CALL : BLACK DISABLED OWNED PROJECT DISTRUBITING MICROGRANTS

By : Sista Creatives Rising

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Sista Creatives Rising (SCR) is a project (not a non-profit!) and concept founded by Black, invisibly disabled mother-daughter duo Claire Jones (age 61) and Amaranthia Sepia (age 24). At SCR, our mission is to help creative, marginalized women and marginalized genders gain accessibility and visibility in the arts to facilitate personal healing. SCR seeks to strengthen our community by increasing the visibility of these artists with our disability-accessible virtual film event, "Art & Mind." We compensate artists and raise funds to create grants via our Sistas Uprising Fund.


The Sistas Uprising Fund is a charity project helping marginalized artists. From March 28th - May 5th, BIWOC and Femme-Expressing POC Artists (USA & Canada based only) will submit, via Jotform, a two-minute video describing how our $200 grant will help them and whether funds will support their art directly or if it will help ease stressors such as bills, medication costs, food costs, etc. Seven artists will receive funding. Artists will also fill out prompts related to accessibility, such as writing alt text. Payment will be completed via PayPal. Submissions are free; however, we encourage a $10 minimum tip, which helps us process submissions!



In October 2023 we held our second Art & Mind titled, "I Know Who I Am! Journeys of Women of Color & Femme-Expressing Creatives." We received funding from Brain Arts Org (BAO), Dancing Queerly Boston, Mass Cultural Council, and The Puffin Foundation. Five documentary artists received $200 each, courtesy of BAO, which served as the first iteration of the fund. During the event, we fundraised with a goal of $1000 and reached $1450, making this open call possible. 


SCR is available for virtual media interviews, disability-accessible virtual workshops, and event collaborations. To contact us, you can email info@sistacreativesrising.com or call us at (802) 738-0567.


—Sista Creatives Rising



Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #168 April 2024


 

Check out all the art and columns of April's Boston Compass at www.issuu.com/bostoncccompass


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