In our commitment to artistic risk and experimentation and in the spirit of optimal health, well-being, and equity for people, community, and the planet we are proud to invite submissions for the inaugural Ida B. Wells Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund.

We are specifically looking for video and filmmaking projects that are exploring one of two themes: "disrupting the master narrative " or "we are the stories we tell ourselves."

We are seeking artists who seek to create or produce art that embodies the following set of artistic attributes:

COMMITMENT - Creative processes and products embody conviction to the cause espoused through the work.

COMMUNAL MEANING - The creative work facilitates collective meaning that transcends individual perspective and experience.

DISRUPTION- Art challenges what is by exposing what has been hidden, posing new ways of being, and modeling new forms of action.

CULTURAL INTEGRITY - The creative work demonstrates integrity and ethical use of material with specific cultural origins and context

EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE - The creative work facilitates a productive movement between “heart space”—the emotional experience that art evokes—and the “headspace” of civic or social issues

RISK-TAKING- The creative work assumes risk by subverting dominant norms, values, narratives, standards, or aesthetics.

COHERENCE- Strong ideas expressed with clarity advance both artistic and social purposes.

OPENNESS - The creative work deepens impact by remaining open, fluid, transparent, subject to the influence, and able to hold contradiction.

STICKINESS - The creative work achieves sustained resonance, impact, or value.

RESOURCEFULNESS - Imaginative use of available resources drives artistic innovation and demonstrates responsible social and environmental practice.

Apply for an investment of $10,000 to support original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the visual arts. We are specifically looking for video and filmmaking projects that are exploring one of two themes: "disrupting the master narrative " or "we are the stories we tell ourselves."




The application is a straightforward process. The questions are designed to provoke meaningful reflection about your project, why it needs to be made, and for whom. Applications are due WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 at 11pm EST.


An artist must be:


At least 21 years old upon submission of an application
a working artist with at least two years of professional experience
a U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or an O-1 Visa holder

An artist cannot be:

An institution. If you are an artist who is a principal in a 501(c)3 organization, you should apply as an individual artist. If you are selected for funding, the award may be made payable to you through your organization. Additionally, we are not able to provide funding to LLC or S Corp organizations.

Prepare the following:

- answers to application questions
- a current CV/Resume
- work samples
- Log Line & Synopsis
- Treatment (non-scripted) OR Script
- Working project budget breakdown of how fund will be used
- A Production Schedule
- Pitch Us Your Idea. You can send in a written pitch OR a link to 2 - 4 minute video of you pitching your idea
- At least one and up to three professional references


1. How does your project take an original and imaginative approach to content and form? Be as specific as possible. (100 words or less)

2. Who are the specific audiences/communities that you hope to engage through this project? Think beyond the broad art community where possible. How are you hoping to reach them? (100 words or less)

3. What are the main influences on your work as an artist? How does your past work inform your current project? Examples may include other artists’ work, movements in a particular form, personal history, cultural history, work from outside of your field, etc. (200 words or less)

Provide the contact information for one or more references. Your professional reference should be someone who can provide a knowledgeable evaluation of how you and your creative practice might benefit from receiving support from CHROMATIC BLACK. This is meant to be a professional reference, not a personal character reference.

Work samples are a critical element of your application and should be reflective of your practice and the highest quality of your work. Beyond that, they should illustrate your ability to execute the proposed project. These samples can be documentation of the work you have done on the project thus far, mockups of plans for your proposed project, and/or documentation of prior work. It is okay if you don’t yet have any formal documentation of the project you are proposing. Previous awardees have used storyboards, outlines, sketches or mockups to give a visual sense of their projects.

Additionally, if you are sharing past work, we encourage you to use the description field to illustrate to reviewers how this work is connected to your proposed work.

We also encourage you to consider the order in which your work samples are uploaded and the sequence in which they’ll be reviewed.

Make sure you provide a link to the work and include the password or passwords if applicable. It is your responsibility to include the correct information.

Each work sample should have the following:

Details about the work (title and year it was completed)
Description (100 words or less) that provides the following: Contextual information about the work sample that helps reviewers better understand what they are seeing/hearing/reading. Your rationale for including this particular work sample.

All applicants are required to submit one work sample. We suggest using this template for file names for any uploaded work sample: ProjectTitle-SampleNumber.FileType. So if your work is titled Olokun and you want to upload a .jpg as the second work sample in your application, the file name should be “Olokun-2.jpg”.

The file name will not affect your application, but all file names should be less than 30 characters.

Video Samples: Video Work should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Each sample should be no longer than three minutes. If you link to a longer video sample, provide a timestamp where reviewers should begin and end watching/listening (ex. “Start at 11:11:11 and End at 12:12:12”). Please note that if you don’t provide this guidance, reviewers will be instructed to view only the first three minutes.

Visual Samples: Visual Work should be uploaded as single file images at least 72 dpi with a file size of 25MB or smaller. Files can be uploaded in any of the following formats: pdf, jpg, gif, or png. PDFs should not contain more than one image, or be a compilation of more than one work sample.

The fund allows between two to five collaborators on each project. “Collaborator” or “collective member” is someone who is a co-owner of the project and generative part of the team. It is imperative that these “co-owners” be designated on the initial application. On the other hand, people who provide services on a “work for hire” basis for the project are not considered collaborators. *Keep in mind that all information and members must be agreed upon collectively and submitted through the application. No changes to collaborations may be made after the application has been submitted.

Generally, collaborative projects fall within ongoing team or collective collaborations, or one-time collaborations. In each case, collaboratives should select one person as their main contact, as we will need to ensure that resources are being distributed equally and fairly. Ongoing Team or Collective Collaborations We often see two to five artists joining forces to regularly work on projects, and they sometimes produce work under a group name. These collectives can apply under the group name, but the information of each individual artist should be entered into the application (contact info, name, location, website, etc.) whether or not it is intended for external communications