Grant initiative aims to support artists of color in Dot, Mattapan

A new artist relief initiative intended to help artists of color living along the Fairmount Cultural Corridor (FCC) in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park is now accepting applications for grants.

The initiative will disburse grants of $1,000 to qualifying artists of color engaged in a wide definition of traditional and nontraditional arts including culinary arts, dance, street theater, performance art, music, photography, graphic design, fabrics, and more. Any artist of color who lives in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, or Hyde Park who has lost work or other income due to COVID-19 can qualify.

The application, available here, will remain open through May 15.

The FCC Initiative is a creative place making project that engages residents, artists, community organizations and small businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Fairmount Commuter Line. It is made up of a variety of partnering organizations including the Fairmount Innovation Lab, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the Design Studio for Social Intervention, Uphams Corner Main Street, and Artmorpheus, Inc.

This initiative is sponsored by The Kresge Foundation to support the sustainability and advancement of artists along the Fairmount Corridor during this time of crisis.