CURRENT INITIATIVE :
SILVER ART PROJECTS

The ARF's previous portfolios were called "The Take Action Initiative" and "The Homecoming Initiative." Our current initiative is dedicated to supporting Silver Art Projects.

Silver Art Projects is a non-profit organization that supports, incubates and accelerates overlooked artists by providing free, year-long studio space at 4 World Trade Center, community-driven patronage, and career-focused mentorship designed to enable artists to conduct sustainable business practices.

Founded in response to existing models of art patronage that perpetuate a culture of inequality in which artists not represented by large galleries enter a cycle of disadvantage by not receiving business support, Silver Art Projects helps artists build strong, thriving practices while also contributing to the creative energy 
of Lower Manhattan.

$50,000

Donated July 2021 - May 2022

MEET THE ARTISTS

Chella Man

Tourmaline

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

PAST INITIATIVES:
THE HOMECOMING INITIATIVE

October 2020 - February 2021; planned deployment of $40,000

Howard University, est. 1867

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, est. 1887

Spelman College, est. 1881

Morehouse College, est. 1867

THE ARF X RAISE FASHION
INTERNSHIP

March - August 2021; $74,000 deployed

As part of the Homecoming Initiative, ARF partnered with RAISEfashion and their mission to promote inclusivity and racial equity within the fashion industry to establish a comprehensive, 10-week professional development program for students from historically Black colleges and universities. The goal of the program was to provide internship opportunities and financial support to students who identify as Black in order to serve as an influential step in building a career in fashion.

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

THE SUBSCRIBE TO
CHANGE INITIATIVE

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.

THE TAKE ACTION INITIATIVE

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.