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Ida B. Wells Fund expands to include filmmaking


Chromatic black™ launches Season Two of the Ida B. Wells Fund and calls for entries in short filmmaking and two new categories — visual arts and creative placemaking. This season, the fund expands to offer awards ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 in three categories — short-form filmmaking, creative placemaking and visual arts.

Ida B Wells Fund competition is open to storytellers whose original work explores the spirit of exploration and deepens our collective literacy. Here are key dates for the fund:

The Short Film Fund applications will support five Black filmmakers with $15,000 each (a total of $75.000).  Short form film applications opened July 16.  Deadline for submission is Aug. 27. Short Film winners will be announced on Sept.23.

The Visual Art Fund will support 12 visual artists at $1,000 each (a total of $12,000).  Visual arts applications launch on Aug. 1. Deadline for submission is Aug. 31.  Visual arts winners will be announced on Sept. 23.

The Creative Placemaking Fund will support four creative placemakers at $25,000. Creative placemaking applications open on Oct. 1. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1. Winners will be announced on Feb. 14, 2023.

The Ida B. Wells Fund partners with artist – activists across a spectrum of creative disciplines. This year, the fund has two new developments – a new curatorial leadership of chromatic black™ Artistic Director Jessica Green and three categories — short-form filmmaking, creative placemaking and visual arts.

“We are equity architects. We are building cultural power by partnering with dope artists, creative teams and communities. For impact investors, we tie up the messy middle  connecting folks to the next wave of Black smarts, creativity, vision, grit, and determination” says Angela Harmon, co-founder and an Emmy-nominated storyteller, filmmaker, and creative director of chromatic black™.

Ida B. Wells Fund Short Film Competition award recipients will be chosen by an interdisciplinary panel composed of expert curators, filmmakers, producers, other arts professionals, scholars and winners from last  year in a thorough, multi-step review process.

“Ida B Wells Fund enables filmmakers to take disruptive risks with new original works,” says Aunjanue Ellis, Oscar nominee, actress, and writer.

The fund will invest in five projects that critique dominant social and historical narratives and embody artistic attributes: commitment, communal meaning, disruption, cultural integrity, emotional experience, risk-taking, coherence, openness, stickiness, and resourcefulness.

Visit to apply and for additional updates.