CATAPULT | Caribbean Artist Showcase

Through the Caribbean Artist Showcase, features by artists in written, video, or audio format will be published that can be used to promote the talent and diversity in the region, and to give insight into the work and life of creatives.

The programme seeks to maintain and enhance artists’ visibility, allowing a global audience to be introduced to and support new artists during this period. The programme targets individuals exploring the critical key themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+ and climate justice which are so relevant to the region. Each selected artist will receive a grant of $500 USD and up to 40 artists will be chosen.

See the publications showcasing the stories of these creative practitioners and the list of selected awardees from this programme below!


Magazines


Vol. 1

This has undoubtedly been a difficult period for many. The creative who is reliant on social events, audience engagements, organizational support, free and unfettered movement and community has undoubtedly also found this period particularly challenging.

The Caribbean being a region which has always struggled with institutional, state-wide and social support of the Arts, is a place where artists have always had to be particularly tenacious. The creative engine and spirit could easily be dampened and quieted in this moment of COVID lockdowns and global socio-political transitions. The CATAPULT Grant, a partnership between the American Friends of Jamaica, Kingston Creative and Fresh Milk emerged at this most crucial of times to provide support and encouragement for the Caribbean creative….

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Vol. 2

The Caribbean is a special place. In every island and landmass that makes up the region, there are cultures and subcultures which are layered, nuanced, complex and tell the story of how the region was peopled and how it continues to develop.

This multiplicity and mix of cultures and traditions that are at the same time similar as well as varied and diverse. To live and work here is also a special experience. Which is a matter of moving between the frustration with the gaps in institutional structures as well as the support and development systems. It is also the experience of seeing this as a great creative opportunity. The gaps are where innovation is found and work that emerges often further shapes the culture of this space…

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Awardees




Erik Alfredo Martinez
Dominican Republic

 



Shannon Alonzo
Trinidad & Tobago

 



Meredith Andrews
Bermuda

 



Lucinda Audain
Sint Maarten

 



Fabian Barracks
Jamaica

 



Amina Blackwood Meeks
Jamaica

 



Caryana Castillo de los Santos
Dominican Republic

 



Helen Ceballos
Puerto Rico

 



Akeem Chandler-Prescod
Barbados

 



Kaleb D’Aguilar
Jamaica

 



Christopher Din Chong
Trinidad & Tobago

 



Daniel Edwards
Jamaica

 



Emani Edwards
Jamaica

 



Sharelly Emanuelson
Curaçao

 



Danielle Gennard
Jamaica

 



Renard Harris
Jamaica

 



Nowé Harris-Smith
The Bahamas

 



Gherdai Hassell
Bermuda

 



Merundoi Incorporated
Guyana

 



Glenda-Rose Layne
Trinidad & Tobago

 



Lisa Léj
Jamaica

 



Kenneth A. Mèlendez
Puerto Rico

 



Jodi Minnis
The Bahamas

 



Erica Louise Richards
Jamaica

 



Rebel Women Lit
Jamaica

 



Minori Izumi Russell
Jamaica

 



Louvenson Saint Juste
Haiti

 



A-dZiko Simba Gegele
Jamaica

 



Vonley W. Smith
Barbados

 



Nwannia Sorzano
Trinidad and Tobago

 



Awilda Sterling Duprey
Puerto Rico

 



Gladstone Taylor
Jamaica

 



Fabian M. Thomas
Jamaica

 



Claudette Thompson
The Bahamas

 



Adele Todd
Trinidad & Tobago

 



Amanda Trought
Barbados

 



Neil Waithe
Jamaica

 



Waldane Walker
Jamaica

 



Steve D. Whittaker
St. Kitts & Nevis

 



Maya Wilkinson
Jamaica

 



Adrian Young
Trinidad & Tobago

 


CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is a COVID-19 relief programme conceptualised by Kingston Creative (Jamaica) and Fresh Milk (Barbados) and funded by the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ (USA). Designed as a capacity building initiative it will directly provide financial support to over 1,000 Caribbean artists, cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic and working in the themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.