Instagram @design x Brooklyn Museum - #BlackDesignVisionaries Grant Program

Instagram’s official account dedicated to celebrating the craft and creativity of the design community, @design, has partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to launch the inaugural #BlackDesignVisionaries Grant Program, with five impressive grant recipients.

Temi illustrated the grant recipients: Head of State (fashion design house), Morcos Key, (graphic design studio), Dominique Petit-Frère (spatial designer), Tré Seals (type designer), Sablā Stays (designer and art director), as well as the Creative Chair Antwaun Sargent. The work was showcased at the opening reception at the Brooklyn Museum this past week.

“I just applied with the work that I felt the most confident about — the work that I loved and the work that I want to see more in the world.”

The aim of #BlackDesignVisionaries is to amplify and uplift promising Black designers and Black-led design businesses through funding and mentorship. These winners were selected from a competitive pool of over 500 applicants by an illustrious committee led by writer and curator Antwaun Sargent. The committee included Ruth E. Carter, Justina Blakeney, Toni L. Griffin, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Rick Lowe, Bobby C. Martin Jr, Heron Preston, Ian Spalter, and Asad Syrkett.

A total of $205,000 in grant money has been awarded to the five recipients above. This group will also be connected with mentors selected by the grant committee and the program’s additional partners, Chicago Mobile MakersInneract Project, and The Hidden Genius Project.