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Yahkaskwan Mikiwahp (Light Tipi). Courtesy of BUSH Gallery

Future Studies brings together organizations that are at a transformational moment in their development and are ready to work on a more impactful scale. In the process of doing, they are reimagining institutions, awakening possibilities, and locating the models and practices that can lead us to a better future.

The cultural practitioners in this program have worked within traditional structures and systems and want to envision other ways of operating that are in service of artists and communities. With a deep investment in our collective futures, these organizers are creating more equitable art spaces, building new forms of connectivity and learning, and providing alternative ways to transform the art world.

2023 Cohort


Atlanta, Georgia

Burnaway 'Where I'm Calling From' Miami Release Party 2023. Photo: Isabella Garcia

Burnaway is a non-profit magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South, published online weekly and in print annually. Through its editorial program and cultivation of emerging arts writers and journalists, Burnaway connects the region’s diverse creative communities and develops exchange between Southern art, and the national and international art audiences.

BUSH Gallery*

Secwépemc Nation

BUSH Gallery (2019). Image courtesy of Tania Willard

BUSH Gallery is a space for dialogue, experimental practice and community engaged work that contributes to an understanding of how gallery systems and art mediums might be transfigured, translated, and transformed by Indigenous knowledges, traditions, aesthetics, performance and land use systems. This model of decolonial, non-institutional ways to engage with and value Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous creative production is at the heart of BUSH GALLERY.

New Crits*


NewCrits Homepage. Image courtesy of NewCrits.

New Crits provides one-on-one studio visits, portfolio reviews, and mentorship with some of the world’s most visionary artists. Their online platform is accessible to all artists at every level of their career, creating an inclusive critique experience outside the traditional arts education system. Their mission is to democratize access to arts education and grow a healthier arts education ecosystem worldwide.

Related Tactics*

San Francisco, California/Washington, D.C.

Image courtesy of Related Tactics

Image courtesy of Related Tactics

Related Tactics is an artistic collaboration between artists and cultural workers Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson. Their projects are made at the intersection of race and culture, exploring the connections between art, movements for social justice, and the public through trans-disciplinary exchanges, collective making, and dialogue.

The Black Embodiments Studio*

Seattle, Washington

BES AWI Meets with Artist Shawné Michaelain Holloway. Image courtesy of The BES

The Black Embodiments Studio is an arts writing incubator, public programming initiative, and publishing platform dedicated to building discourse around contemporary black art. They focus on creative alliances meant to build sustainable peer-support networks, commissioning new work from artists and writers, and developing ethical public programming practices that do not exploit their labor.

Towards a world as we all want to see it

Made For Us

Mandy Harris Williams and Nikita Gale in Conversation. Photo Courtesy The Black Embodiments Studio

Tending to a culture

Residents gathered around a bonfire at Skowhegan

Fiscal Sponsors

The Seventh Generation Fund For Indigenous Peoples, Fractured Atlas, SOMArts, Social Good Fund