Grantees adé Project

Black Mountain, NC
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adé [aahh day] [Acronym] artists designing evolution.
Yorùbá. crown, royalty // English. a suffix found in nouns denoting action or process or a person or persons acting.

adé was born out of the response to the need for inclusivity of people of color and the Indigenous in programs, services, and organizations designed to serve them. Specifically, the arts and creative sector on a wider scale, continues to negate the voices of the marginalized thereby denying them a human right to the connection of their culture and heritage, which ultimately spreads untruths and results in trauma, invisibility, erasure, and inequity felt on the community level.

Without reckoning the part that people of color and the indigenous played in the history of art and culture in our country, communities and people will continue to disappear and fall prey to gentrification, policing, jail, or death. adé makes space for artists of various mediums - designers, dancers, musicians, singers, writers, poets, painters, playwrights, to name a few - to reclaim their crown and step into their full creative potential. Ultimately, the work is equity with art as an organizing tool.