A collaboration between VSCO and Access Ventures, VSCO Voices is a grant program that supports creators who use art to give voice to marginalized communities in the United States.
Grant recipients received mentorship and money to accomplish their project, and the results were incredible. From a coming-of-age documentation of kids in the wilderness of Alaska to the hauntingly beautiful short film dealing with love and loss, the projects celebrate our diverse world and its peoples.
Led by Kelly Johnson and Ben Terry, with support from a passionate team, Voices is one of my favorite programs at VSCO.
2018 — Present
Grant recipients receive mentorship and $20,000 in funding to carry out a creative project that gives voice to an underrepresented community in the United States.
Alexandra Cuerdo captured the vibrant, joyful essence of the LGBTQ Asian community in her documentary "Dancing On My Own."
Dave Kasnic documented the life and congregation of Pastor Martha Freeman—a pillar of positivity in her community of Milwaukee.
Maegan Houang created a surrealist short film "In Full Bloom," shedding light on the unique circumstances that affect Vietnamese Americans and particularly older individuals within the community.
Eric Javier Mejia project documented Mexican American Artist Gabriela Ruiz as she materializes her personal and generational pain into art.
Lauren Vied Allen showcased the vibrant and lively art of ballet folklórico, as performed by immigrant and first-generation Mexican American youth in Eastern North Carolina.
With her photography project, the body: a home for love, Deun Ivory surfaced stories from women of color who have experienced sexual abuse as a child.
A photographic project by Ash Adams, "To Become a Person," examines coming of age in indigenous rural Alaska.
"Dress. Code." by Cori Corinne is an interactive photography exhibit that explores the ways in which women and non-binary individuals face double standards in regards to their workplace attire.
"The Untold Innovations of Jazz" by Squint Sandifer showcases jazz musicians as inventors of their craft, with the hopes of inspiring other creatives by telling the stories of these musicians creative journey.
Greg Lutze is a mixed-race Asian American founder, advisor and artist.