Critical Minded launched a COVID-19 relief fund for cultural critics from underrepresented communities.

Daria Simone Harper
Jun 3, 2020 3:59PM, via Artforum

Courtesy Critical Minded.

Critical Minded—a grantmaking and learning initiative that was founded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation to build resources and visibility for cultural critics of color in the United States—has launched a COVID-19 relief fund to give financial support to arts critics impacted by the pandemic.

The initiative, which is sponsored by Allied Media Projects, is accepting applications through the end of the day on June 15th (the original deadline of June 8th was extended by a week). In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must meet several requirements: critics must self-identify as being part of an underrepresented group in the United States or U.S. territories; they must also submit three samples of their cultural criticism on disciplines ranging from food to visual art that were published on or following January 1, 2019. Submitted work samples may be in English or Spanish. The beneficiaries will receive $500 in the form of a one-time, need-based grant.

To apply for the Critical Minded fund, click here.

Update, June 9th, 2020

Critical Minded extended the deadline to apply for its COVID-19 relief fund by a week, until June 15th. The article has been revised to reflect this extension.

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