The five African American Heritage Museum Grant recipients stand in front of a mural on the museum's exterior.
The African American Heritage Museum Grant Recipients

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw ’19 and Noah Lawrence-Holder ’17 have been awarded an artist-in-residence grant by the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, as part of the Transformative Black-Led Movement Fund.

The grant fund totals $66,000, with each artist-in-residence receiving $14,000. The Transformative Black Led Movement Fund, organized by Nexus Community Partners and Black Visions Collective, was created last year after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Museum co-founder Tina Burnside, who wanted to create more opportunities for emerging Black artists, said she intends to make these fellowships an annual program. Though the museum cannot yet offer studio space, it strives to do so in the coming years.

Brown-Ransaw is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, educator, and writer. Kehayr's work often engages in conversation of viewership, authenticity, and politics of display regarding non-western communities. 

Lawrence-Holder is likewise an interdisciplinary artist working in illustration and animation. They have featured work in gallery shows highlighting queer and black artists across Minneapolis and beyond.

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