The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation honored racial justice activists, thought-provoking artists and other changemakers of color in its annual list of MacArthur fellows today (October 4).
The annual award’s recipients, colloquially known as “geniuses,” each receive an award of $625,000 to subsidize their work over five years. Here are just a few of this year’s grantees of color, along with individuals video profiles that the foundation also released today:
- Reverend Dr. William Barber II, North Carolina-based minister, organizer and co-chair of the new Poor People’s Campaign
- Okwui Okpokwasili, performance artist, choreographer and creator of “Bronx Gothic”
- Vijay Gupta, classical violinist, educator and arts activist
- Natalie Diaz, Indigenous and Latinx poet and educator
- Wu Tsang, performance artist and filmmaker of “Wilderness”