Nikyatu Jusu made history in 2022 with her directorial debut, Nanny. It was the first horror film ever to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, and only the second time that award had gone to a Black woman director. Creative Capital awarded Jusu in 2020 to help fund the creation of Nanny. The New York Times
This Indigenous and Native American Heritage Month, we are celebrating the richness of Indigenous culture and knowledge with a look at a diverse range of Creative Capital projects that amplify Indigenous voices. See how these artists are using performance, visual art, humor, and music to teach their traditions, activate communities, and reimagine futures.
Every artist dreams of making wild, new work. In my first year of serving artists at Creative Capital, we increased our grantmaking by 43% to 50 awards, opened a new grant cycle, enhanced our suite of services, launched Creative Capital Carnival, hosted our inaugural Artist Benefit + Banquet (featured in The New York Times), and best of all—connected with hundreds of groundbreaking artists across the country!
Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz’s Creative Capital project, Oriana, is a feature-length film about band of feminist militants that take refuge in a thriving Puerto Rican landscape. It premieres October 14, 2022 at EMPAC in Troy, NY. Hear from the 2015 Creative Capital Grantee about what inspired her about this story, and how she managed to create a film in such a turbulent time.