The HistoryMiami Photography Fellowship is open to BIPOC Miami Artists

When choosing a camera, how do you feel? What do you capture through the lens?

For the love of photography, new doors are opening in the South Florida community.

Excited to discuss the new call for artists, Belissa Alverez, director of the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundationexplains, “Shy artists can find comfort in knowing that their work inspires other creatives to embrace artistic risk-taking, enriching lives, and catalyzing a thriving artistic community.”

Photographers are evolving daily, and the community has listened to them in hopes of advancing their efforts.

HistoryMuseum of Miami created a fellowship for Black, Native, Colored, or Latino photographers based in South Florida, in conjunction with the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation’s CreARTE Grants Program. The program works to fill gaps in key areas that have the most impact on the creative community, including access to affordable workplaces, cultural equity and education since 2019.

“We are continuously working to seek out voices in the community and identify areas where growth is needed to become a fully inclusive institution. This project is central to that effort as we work to close representation gaps,” said Michael Knoll, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at HistoryMiami. “At HistoryMiami Museum, we believe that everyone’s story matters, and we hope this scholarship will provide BIPOC photographers based in South Florida the opportunity to represent our diverse community through photography.”

Contributors believe the Fellowship will allow photographers to work towards a common creative goal of their choosing while contributing to their history. The community will be able to engage with the photographer’s new work and story. It will also help these photographers build an audience for the future and solidify South Florida as a world-class cultural destination for the arts.

The HistoryMiami Photography Fellowship includes rewarding a photographer with a $25,000 grant to fund the creation of a new Miami-themed artwork. Selected images will be placed permanently in the HistoryMiami photography collection, and a museum and/or offsite exhibit of the Fellow’s work will be produced.

An opportunity to work with local youth in conjunction with the HistoryMiami Department of Education is also key to the scholarship; the recipient will spend time with local youth to share the experience of exploring a medium through which they can authentically express themselves. Public programs will also be developed to showcase work related to the Fellowship.

“The Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation aims to empower all artists and creators to continuously expose new audiences – from all walks of life – to the exciting world of art,” said Alvarez.

The app is intentionally open to emerging photographers aged 18+ who want to use their creative abilities to create an impact within the local community. Participating in this scholarship is a unique opportunity; it’s a chance to be part of something bigger than yourself.

“We believe art can spark new ideas and philosophies around key social issues that create positive change in society,” says Alvarez. The partnership between the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation and the HistoryMiami Museum was created to ensure that “all members of our community – including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Latinx – have opportunity to participate and engage in it”. adds.

Don’t let your images age in storage. Be the next photographer to transform and inspire your community.

The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 scholarship is Tuesday, May 31. By June 30, the selected fellow will be announced.

Details on how to apply are provided at historymiami.org.

–Shanieya Harris, ArtburstMiami.com

Stewart C. Hartline