May 16, 2022

Report: “Artist Derrick Adams Wins $1.25 Million From the Mellon Foundation to Start a Database Documenting the Black Culture of Baltimore”

From Artnet:

This week, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that it will award $1.25 million to the Black Baltimore Digital Database, a new archive cataloguing important cultural contributions by Black Baltimoreans.

Conceived by Baltimore-born, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams as a “collaborative counter–institutional space,” the database will catalogue locals’ achievements in areas as varied as arts, entrepreneurship, literature, music, science, and sports, according to the announcement. The database will be developed over the next three years, with the Mellon Foundation supporting two years of organizational capacity.


The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Johns Hopkins campus are in close proximity to the future site of the database.

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