The ARF's previous portfolios were called "The Take Action Initiative" and "The Homecoming Initiative." One of our current initiatives is dedicated to supporting Silver Art Projects.

Silver Art Projects is a non-profit organization that provides artists with free, year-long studio spaces and career development opportunities that accelerate and enhance their artistic practice at 4 World Trade Center. Silver Art Projects supports artists with critically needed studio space in NYC to nurture and build thriving practices while also contributing to the creative ecosystem of Lower Manhattan.

In addition to studio space, Silver Art Projects provides professional development opportunities and connections with museum curators, art leaders, galleries, collectors, thought and business leaders, peer to peer and artist mentors, and others to change artists' lives and enhance careers.


Donated July 2021 - October 2022


2021-2022 COHORT

Chella Man


Alanna Fields

Joiri Minaya

Azita Moradkhani

Bubi Canal

Xin Liu

Candice Kwan

Joshua Allen

Chase Hall

Vicente Ortiz Cortez

Tommy Kha

Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack

Susan Chen

Shannon Finnegan

Helina Metaferia

Patricia Encarnación

Oscar Yi Hou

Jared Owens

Maria Antelman

John Yuyi

Kate Klingbeil

Lindsey Brittain Collins

Ernesto Renda

Dominika Ksel

Luca Lee

Alexander Harrison

2022-2023 COHORT

Anthony Akinbola

Timothy Bair

Daveed Baptiste

Thomas Barger

Chloë Bass

Mary Baxter

Cydne Coleby

Eva Davidova

Russell Craig

Drew Dodge

Nona Faustine

M. Florine Démosthène

Cielo Felix-Hernandez

Mar Figueroa

María Fragoso Jara

Heather Jones

Jesse Krimes

Helina Metaferia

Prinston Nnanna

Jared Owens

Tom Prinsell

Yuval Pudik

Stephanie H. Shih

Tajh Rust

Adrienne Elise Tarver

Sasha Wortzel

Sagarika Sundaram

Livien Yin


March - August 2021; $74,000 deployed

ARF is proud to partner with RAISEfashion on a comprehensive 10-week professional development program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The goal of the program is to provide summer internship opportunities to students who identify as Black in order to serve as an influential step in building a career in fashion. In an ongoing effort to support students in overcoming the barriers many encounter in gaining entry to the fashion industry, this program is designed to provide exceptional experiences and learning opportunities at some of the leading companies in the industry.

Students from select HBCUs (Bowie State University, Clark State Atlanta University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central University, Spelman College, Tennessee State, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore) who are accepted into the program engage in a paid internship, receive a cost-of-living stipend, and have dedicated programming, mentorship, networking, and “Buddy” Program opportunities.

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Alaijah Brown, FAMU - Madewell

Mya Billingsley, Howard University - Altzurra

Mark Hill Jr., Howard University - Bloomingdale’s

Kynadi Hyde, Howard University - FRAME

Vaishaun Matthews, Howard University - 
ITB Worldwide

Alexis Barry, Howard University - Jonathan Simkhai

Lina Suber, Howard University - Lafayette 148

Cambridge Dantzler, Howard University - Louis Vuitton

Shania Thompkins, Howard University - Louis Vuitton

Jaylen Barrett, Howard University - Pyer Moss

Simone Denard, Howard University - Richemont

Cianni Carter, Howard University - Saks Fifth Avenue

Marian Turner, Spelman College - Cartier

Armani Thompson, Spelman College - Intermix

Nnenna Nchege, Spelman College - 
Pyer Moss

Jaelyn Stewart, Spelman College - Staud

Nia Curry, Spelman College - Tory Burch

Naiya Jefferson, Spelman College - Madewell

Kirsten Roddey, Howard University - Veronica Beard

Kaitlyn Gilliam, Howard University - Oscar de la Renta

Darienne Jefferson, Spelman College - Rachel Comey


October 2020 - February 2021; $40,000 deployed

Howard University, est. 1867

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, est. 1887

Spelman College, est. 1881

Morehouse College, est. 1867


July - September 2020; $298,521 deployed

The Bail Project disrupts mass incarceration at the front end of the judicial system by providing cash bail to people in need.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.

BAI is a Black “think and do tank” powered by Black communities across the country to provide high quality direct HIV/AIDS services and linkage care to Black people.

Equal Justice Initiative provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.

TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.


June 2020; $275,000 deployed

The Bail Project disrupts mass incarceration at the front end of the judicial system by providing cash bail to people in need.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.

The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.