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!
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….
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…
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.