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Ford, Mellon Award $1 Million to Disability Futures Fellowships

20 artists, performers, writers, and creators from around the country will receive $50,000 each.

NEW YORK CITY: The Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have launched Disability Futures, a new fellowship which, 30 years after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will become the only national award for disabled arts practitioners. The fellowship will directly support the work of 20 disabled artists, actors, dancers, and more across the country, with each receiving a $50,000 grant administered by United States Artists. The goal of Disability Futures is to increase the visibility and elevate the voices of disabled creators and artists across disciplines and geography.

The inaugural Disability Futures fellows are:

Navild (niv) Acosta (he, him, his)
Multimedia – dance, music & sound, visual art

Patty Berne (she, her, hers, they, them, theirs)
Artistic director, filmmaker, and writer
Berkeley, Calif.

Eli Clare (he, him, his)
Poet and essayist
Burlington, Vt.

John Lee Clark (he, him, his)
Hopkins, Minn.

Sky Cubacub (they, them, theirs)
Garment maker

Jen Deerinwater (Jen, Jen Deerinwater)
Journalist, non-fiction creative writer, memoirist, and photographer
Washington, D.C.

Rodney Evans (he, him, his)

Ryan J. Haddad (he, him, his)
Playwright and performer
New York City

Jerron Herman (he, him, his)
New York City

Christine Sun Kim (she, her, hers)
Orange County, Calif.

Carolyn Lazard (they, them, theirs)
Interdisciplinary artist
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Jim LeBrecht (he, him, his)
Film director and producer
Berkeley, Calif.

Riva Lehrer (she, her, hers)
Painter and writer

Tourmaline (she, her, hers, they, them,   theirs)

Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield (he, him, his)

Mia Mingus (she, her, hers)
Writer and journalist
Oakland, Calif.

Perel (they, them, theirs)
Performance artist, dancer, choreographer, and writer
New York City

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
(they, them, theirs, she, her, hers)
Writer and performance artist

Alice Sheppard (she, her, hers)
Los Altos, Calif.

Alice Wong (she, her, hers)
San Francisco

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