Arts & Cultural
Ashe Ashe Cultural Assembly
The Ashe Ashe Cultural Organizing Grant distributes pooled funding from a Massachusetts-based network of foundations, non-profits, governmental bodies, and arts institutions collectively. Artists, organizers, and culture makers eligible for the grant are BIPOC community members living in, or recently gentrified out of, the City of Boston.
Grants are distributed through a participatory process undertaken by Ujima Membership, who choose their top preferences from the applications. This granting process also serves as a learning space for organizations to learn about solidarity economy and to experiment with alternative forms of giving, supporting, and serving their constituents. Read more.
Cultural Assembly Grant
The Cultural Assembly is a biannual convening for artists and cultural organizers who come together to set collective priorities and develop practices for shared political power and economic development in Boston. The assembly functions as a flexible platform where cultural producers, makers, creatives, artists, and more, are invited to share the needs and desires of the local creative economy.
Financial and political education workshops for BIPOC artists are a core piece of the Assembly, where they can gather to learn more about specific aspects of cultural, economic practice, policy, and movement building. As a community, we will form a shared plan by pooling our ideas and resources to create a cultural economic practice we all dream about. Stay tuned for the next Ashe Ashe Assembly!
Residency Residency is a one-year residency program for artists designed to provide dedicated time and space for creative work. We welcome visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars, and other creative individuals. Through this pilot program, artists will be given one year of free rent. As a society, we are immersed in social and cultural norms that place value on capital and industriousness above our basic existence and wellness. We see our experimental residency as the logical next step to combat simultaneous oppressions through community care for artists.
Arts & Cultural
The Boston Ujima Project’s Arts and Cultural Organizing Fellowship supports emerging artists and cultural organizers. The Arts and Cultural Organizing Fellowship will be awarded to a member of Ujima who demonstrates a commitment to their artistic practice and a commitment to the principles of the Boston Ujima Project.
The Ujima Arts & Cultural Organizing Fellow will spend two years in an emergent, self-determined program tailored to the needs and interests of the fellow. Applicants should be organizers, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years working alongside Ujima’s vibrant membership body and community.
#BlackTrust: Chuck Turner
Arts & Lecture Series
#BlackTrust builds a community space for engagement and celebration around economic, political, and cultural transformation. The events feature a unique combination of artists/cultural organizers and leading thinkers, authors, and organizers whose work ties to Ujima.
Black Trust is about transforming the racist and dehumanizing structure of the dominant economy and creating an economy based on principles of collective care and trust in each other, a spirit embodied by the Black Lives Matter movement but consistent with Black community teachings long before then. The theme, Black Trust, speaks to our commitment to investing in Boston’s working-class communities of color.