Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for the Maynor Biggers Artist Fund (MBAF)!
MBAF is a giving circle of Hampton University alumni that pools its resources to invest in artists and artist companies whose art advances social justice. The organization is a powerful example of what happens when artists, arts administrators, activists, and creatives come together to create the change they wish to see in traditional grant making practices. In our two years of operation, the four selected artists to whom we have awarded funds reflect our unwavering commitment to bold artistry, social justice, and philanthropy.
MBAF is a vehicle for us to utilize our creative passions with an understanding that the artistic voice can address issues such as racism, sexism, and political differences in unique and insightful ways. While working together closely, we have renewed and formed new bonds with fellow alumni, and have heeded the call of Hampton University’s alma mater to "let our lives do the singing” years after our time spent at “Our Home by the Sea.”
As MBAF continues to grow, our hope is that other Hamptonians, and those who are passionate about the arts and social justice in general, will feel inspired by our mission and will be compelled along with us to support the ultimate storytellers in our lives and communities...our artists.
Yours in arts and justice,