Congratulations March 2021 Grant Recipients!
The Visibility Impact Fund is excited to announce the recipients of our March 2021 grants:
FreeState Justice, Still Bisexual, and thINKingDANCE.
Each of these organizations has received a grant of $500 to fund projects that will positively impact the bi+ community and improve the lives of bi+ people! Learn more about these organizations and their projects below.
FreeState Justice is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Marylanders. FreeState’s mission is to combine direct legal services with education and outreach to ensure that the low-income LGBTQ community Maryland receives fair treatment in the law and society.
This funding will help support FreeState Justice's work to create a new multi-topic recurring training series that will include a section that discusses the unique experiences of bi+ folks, including dispelling common microaggressions and stereotypes. Additionally, they will support a bi+ visibility social media campaign through their Facebook page and email list.
Still Bisexual's mission is to foster public acceptance, awareness, and understanding of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer identities and the challenges they face; to develop and promote self-acceptance, personal empowerment and visibility among bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer people; and to foster inclusivity and acceptance for bisexual, pansexual, fluid and queer people among the larger LGBTQIA+ community.
This funding will allow Still Bisexual to continue their free Sacred Space virtual wellness event series for members of the Black LGBTQ+ Community and to extend the program to the Latinx LGBTQ+ Community. Sacred Space is unique because it focuses on self-care and healing. Attendees receive care from a professional Black or Latinx queer wellness practitioner who leads them in self-massage, yoga, meditation, reiki and other healing arts. This healing is followed by spoken word performances. The events feature bi+ practitioners and create a safe LGBTQ+ space for bi+ people of all races and ages.
thINKingDANCE is a collective of independent writers who produce media about dance in its broadest sense. Founded in 2011, they publish a digital journal focused on the Philadelphia area. Their mission is to:
Meaningfully contribute to the creative ecosystem by marking the presence of dance and movement-based arts
Innovate and foster the practice of dance writing in traditional and experimental forms
Work to dismantle dance criticism's status as a gatekeeper by engaging performing artists and writers who have historically been sidelined
This funding will be used to fund an episode of VISIBILITYtalks, a documentary web series produced by bi+ artist Kenwyn Samuel. Kenwyn is a bi+ artist with chronic illnesses and pain, centering the stories of artists on the Disability Spectrum while actively working across the live arts in dance and performance. Kenwyn will produce, in collaboration with the showcased artists, VISIBILITYtalks, monthly video pieces created by and with bi+ dance/performers makers in Philly who are disabled and chronically ill. These videos will be documentary-style and designed for web and social media distribution.