2019 RUBYS GRANTEES
ADETOLA ABDULKADIR & SAFIYAH CHEATAM
to support Obsidian, a speculative fiction podcast series based in Afrofuturism. Each episode will tell a story that sits at the crossroads of Blackness, technology, and science, and will tackle issues such as surveillance, artificial intelligence, and alternative realities.
to support the writing of a manuscript of poems that explore the history of parenting by African Americans, with a particular focus on the perspective of fathers.
to support Extensions of the Self, a multi-media installation that will explore the current state of interpersonal understanding by using virtual reality to present participants a view of their immersed selves through another’s eyes.
to support the pilot of Celestial Beings, a collection of oral stories, portraits, and visual ephemera documenting Black femme creative spiritual practices that will culminate in audio recordings, an illustrated zine, and community healing events.
to support Rolling Stops, a one-person storytelling show that examines living outside the prescribed definitions of blackness and masculinity.
CAITLIN CARBONE & JOSH THOMAS
to support a hip hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar which will focus on Brutus and Cassius’ relationship as complex, emotional, and intimate in order to challenge the idea of “Roman stoicism” as a pillar of masculinity.
RACHAEL UWADA CLIFFORD
to support the writing of What the Year Will Swallow, a novel-in-stories that explores the lives of three interconnected black families living in the United States and Nigeria. The project will imaginatively examine what it means to come of age through the context of migration, both forced and voluntary, past and recent.
SHANNON LEAH COLLIS
to support Strata, an immersive multimodal exhibition that will use video mapping and sound to experience the complex story of the oil extraction industry in Northern Alberta, Canada, and its environmental effects.
CHELSEA LEMON FETZER
to support The Shape of a Boat, a young adult novel that weaves parallel stories between Sophia, a biracial fifteen year old living in a small Minnesota town in 1990 and Samuel, a southern U.S. born enslaved man brought by his owner to the same landscape in the 1840s.
to support the beginning phase of When You Make a Broken Heart, a crankie-based performance that will explore stories of motherhood, destruction, broken hearts, and finding peace in chaos.
the support travel and development of a photography and sculpture project that will investigate climate change through the lens of a remote Arctic village in Greenland.
to support 11:11, an experimental short film that employs elements of magical realism and Afrofuturism to explore near death experiences, precarious lives, mortality, and celestial bodies on earth and other planes.
to support Döner Party, a multimedia installation centered around a pioneer-themed playground exploring the continuing manifestation of theft, violence, and greed as principles that founded the United States.
to support It Means Desert Desert, a body of work featuring collage and experimental animation that will explore the artist’s Egyptian ancestry and its shifting histories, ideas, aesthetics, and philosophies.
to support House Calls, a performative response to the climate crisis and participatory art process that invites strangers to consider together our past, present, and future as inhabitants and stewards of planet earth.
in collaboration with biologist Tsvetan Bachvaroff, to support the development of Stories Under the Bay, which imagines the underwater life of the Chesapeake Bay through originally composed music, stories, and visualizations and which will be accessed via an augmented reality application.
CLARENCE HARLAN ORSI
to support Still in the Body I've Always Had, a book of essays that focuses on the cultural conversations by and about transgender people in the 21st century United States, from stand-up comedy to radical pornography.
to support velvet pony, the first of a series of dance episodes that uses rhythmic footwork, mapped pathways, imaginative storytelling and guitar to introduce an audience to an eccentric land and fictional universe.
to support the completion of O Beautiful, a novel set in the oil fields of western North Dakota, which follows a journalist who returns to her home state to write about the oil boom and the prosperity and challenges that come along with it.