We empower Afrodescendant artists to achieve their highest potential.
Global focus, local impact.
November 14, 2023
CEO and Chairman announces Legacy Society
Providing a Framework to Support Artists for Generations to Come
As the Foundation excitedly prepares to mark its fifth year championing the causes of Afrodescendant artists to achieve their highest potential it’s time to ensure sustained, long-term support. I’m pleased to unveil the Creative Legacy for Afrodescendant Artists Society™ (CLAAS™), our very own legacy giving initiative.
CLAAS™ is the choice for supporters looking beyond one-time or recurring donations, creating a lasting impact through gifts in IRAs, life insurance, annuities, or will bequests. By joining CLAAS™, you pledge enduring support for artists, contributing to our vision of artists creating a positive, mind-altering, impact on their local communities through art.
Being a CLAAS™ member means being part of a community dedicated to artists’ resource needs today and tomorrow. Your membership sustains crucial financial support for daily programs, advocacy, and long-term social change. I proudly allocate 10% of my assets to the Foundation in my personal will as a CLAAS™ member.
Curious to explore? Read more about CLAAS™ here. Together, let’s sow seeds of hope and create a legacy that transcends time for artists.
With deep gratitude,
The Foundation provides a full-year grant supporting an artist Apprenticeship fellow at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The grant is renewable for a second year contingent upon results and impact achieved.
The Foundation also sponsors two photographer-in-residence programs. One program, at Light Work, a non-profit photography organization supporting artists since 1973 provides one month of onsite residency for a photographer. The second program, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, provides two months for a photographer to focus on a project of their choice. The Foundation provides mentors to both the Light Work artists-in-residence and the photographer-in-residence at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Artists Talk Series
Artists Talk Series are free and open to everyone. The Artists Talk Series are moderated and very interactive forums where artists highlight their experiences, lessons learned, works of art and share their aspirations. Plenty of time is also offered for questions from the public to artists regarding their journey and/or their latest works of art.
Fund for Community Art
The Fund for Community Art is a program that provides financial resources directly to visual artists through the Foundation’s nonprofit partners across the United States and Puerto Rico for artists to work on public works of art within their local communities. Artists make their works of art accessible to the community by creating and producing art right where the community lives and works.
The program funds projects such as public murals, community public art displays – including photography, youth community projects involving artists and other local arts creative initiatives working directly with local visual artists.
The Artists Marketplace is the Foundation’s premier online marketplace where patrons can browse and select works of art that they find of interest. The Foundation curates the online Artists Marketplace with direct input from visual artists. Access to the Artists Marketplace is free and provides the patron with direct access to the visual artists through the contact form provided on the site.