ArtsEverywhere is thrilled to announce Laeila Adjovi as the inaugural Fay Chiang Fellow in Artistic Journalism. Laeila was selected out of pool of 133 extraordinary submissions from 40 countries. Based in Senegal, Laeila will spend the year working on an on-going multimedia investigation of the transmigration of Yoruba mythologies from Benin and Nigeria to Cuba, with a historical focus on the European colonization of Africa and the Caribbean and the Atlantic slave trade. You can find out more about Laeila’s work here: laeila-adjovi.com and adjovi.visura.co
The Fay Chiang Fellowship in Artistic Journalism is a year-long program of support for any individual artist/writer/musician/producer, whose work exhibits a commitment to integrating creative practice with rigorous desk and field research, writing and multimedia production. The fellowship supports projects that integrate journalistic reportage and long-form narrative storytelling in collaboration with independent artists, journalists and producers as well as cultural and academic institutions, media outlets and international NGOs. Accepted fellows receive support from professional artists, journalists and producers, including our editorial staff, contributors, and commissioned mentors.
Fay Chiang (d. 2017) – poet, visual artist and community organizer, was a pillar of the Asian American community and the downtown art scene in New York City, for over 40 years. Fay’s unwavering support helped launch the careers of countless young artists inspired to collaborate across disciplines and fields. The Fellowship in Artistic Journalism embodies Fay’s belief in the importance of finding new ways to tell stories, and the function of storytelling in giving voice to the marginalized.
Stay posted for updates on Laeila’s project as we begin this exciting year-long collaboration.