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Meet the Election Infusion grantees, read about their work, and view our publicly accessible Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives.

Offering home-stretch infusions of funds and momentum for groups working on creative, strategic election-focused projects.

Meet the Election Infusion grantees, read about their work, and view our publicly accessible Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives.

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In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, The Strange Foundation has awarded $10,000 to organizers and organizations leading the way with their strategic, creative, and critical election-focused work. Through Election Infusions, our community submitted nearly 125 nominations of political initiatives that could use a home-stretch infusion of funds and momentum before November 3, 2020. Here, we're announcing the five grantees who we have awarded with a $2K Infusion Grant.

Below you'll also find our Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives, which brings together ~60 of the unique nominations we received into one list of incredible organizers and organizations you can support.

In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, The Strange Foundation has awarded $10,000 to organizers and organizations leading the way with their strategic, creative, and critical election-focused work. Through Election Infusions, our community submitted nearly 125 nominations of political initiatives that could use a home-stretch infusion of funds and momentum, and here, we're announcing the five grantees who we have awarded with a $2K Infusion Grant.

Below you'll also find our Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives, which brings together ~60 of the unique nominations we received into one list of incredible organizers and organizations you can support.

In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, The Strange Foundation has awarded $10,000 to organizers and organizations leading the way with their strategic, creative, and critical election-focused work. Through Election Infusions, our community submitted nearly 125 nominations of political initiatives that could use a home-stretch infusion of funds and momentum, and here, we're announcing the five grantees who we have awarded with a $2K Infusion Grant.

Below you'll also find our Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives, which brings together ~60 of the unique nominations we received into one list of incredible organizers and organizations you can support.

In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, The Strange Foundation has awarded $10,000 to organizers and organizations leading the way with their strategic, creative, and critical election-focused work. Through Election Infusions, our community submitted nearly 125 nominations of political initiatives that could use a home-stretch infusion of funds and momentum, and here, we're announcing the five grantees who we have awarded with a $2K Infusion Grant.

Below you'll also find our Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives, which brings together ~60 of the unique nominations we received into one list of incredible organizers and organizations you can support.

In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, The Strange Foundation has awarded $10,000 to organizers and organizations leading the way with their strategic, creative, and critical election-focused work. Through Election Infusions, our community submitted nearly 125 nominations of political initiatives that could use a home-stretch infusion of funds and momentum, and here, we're announcing the five grantees who we have awarded with a $2K Infusion Grant.

Below you'll also find our Directory of Election-Focused Initiatives, which brings together ~60 of the unique nominations we received into one list of incredible organizers and organizations you can support.

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ELECTION INFUSION GRANTEES

ELECTION INFUSION GRANTEES

ELECTION INFUSION GRANTEES

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ELECTION INFUSION GRANTEES

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We're pleased to announce the five initiatives who have been awarded an Election Infusion Grant:

We're pleased to announce the five initiatives who have been awarded an Election Infusion Grant:

We're pleased to announce the five initiatives who have been awarded an Election Infusion Grant:

WomenEngaged

WOMEN ENGAGED

Women Engaged is a Georgia-based organization working to develop a community of progressive Black women who consistently vote, and who are politically engaged in what is going on locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2020, Women Engaged is working to educate young Black Georgia residents on the census, center reproductive justice with a voter engagement lens, and register approximately 2K new voters through door-to-door canvassing. Their signature voter empowerment program—WE Vote. WE Rise!—combines leadership development with cutting-edge digital trainings to build a force of organizers that have the skill and acumen to lead us into a new tomorrow.

WOMEN ENGAGED

Women Engaged is a Georgia-based organization working to develop a community of progressive Black women who consistently vote, and who are politically engaged in what is going on locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2020, Women Engaged is working to educate young Black Georgia residents on the census, center reproductive justice with a voter engagement lens, and register approximately 2K new voters through door-to-door canvassing. Their signature voter empowerment program—WE Vote. WE Rise!—combines leadership development with cutting-edge digital trainings to build a force of organizers that have the skill and acumen to lead us into a new tomorrow.

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Photo credit: Bob Self, Photographer for the Florida Times Union

COLOR JAX BLUE

An initiative led by curator, artist, and arts advocate Shawana Brooks, Color Jax Blue brings Black artists and voter advocacy groups together to inspire citizens of Jacksonville, Florida to unite and turn out the vote. With a vast roster of artists, amplifiers, and partners across the city, Color Jax Blue presents an exciting model for how artists can band together to ignite political change within their community. This project showcases Black stories in ways that reflect both the opportunities that come from civic participation, and the consequences of abstaining—in order to create lasting change in Jacksonville, a historically conservative city.

COLOR JAX BLUE

An initiative led by curator, artist, and arts advocate Shawana Brooks, Color Jax Blue brings Black artists and voter advocacy groups together to inspire citizens of Jacksonville, Florida to unite and turn out the vote. With a vast roster of artists, amplifiers, and partners across the city, Color Jax Blue presents an exciting model for how artists can band together to ignite political change within their community. This project showcases Black stories in ways that reflect both the opportunities that come from civic participation, and the consequences of abstaining—in order to create lasting change in Jacksonville, a historically conservative city.

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SHAPE UP THE VOTE

Shape Up The Vote empowers barbers to engage their clients in conversations about participating in the upcoming election. Barbers are local leaders who are embedded in our communities—precisely the kinds of voices we are likely to listen to. Shape Up The Vote provides barbershops with a "kit" (registration forms, voter rights info, and promotional materials) and guides them on how to encourage their clients to vote. The program is rooted in Pennsylvania, and based in Philadelphia with solid traction: over 100 barbershops have enrolled in the program so far, and Shape Up the Vote will also mail physical registration kits to any barber in the country.

SHAPE UP THE VOTE

Shape Up The Vote empowers barbers to engage their clients in conversations about participating in the upcoming election. Barbers are local leaders who are embedded in our communities—precisely the kinds of voices we are likely to listen to. Shape Up The Vote provides barbershops with a "kit" (registration forms, voter rights info, and promotional materials) and guides them on how to encourage their clients to vote. The program is rooted in Pennsylvania, and based in Philadelphia with solid traction: over 100 barbershops have enrolled in the program so far, and Shape Up the Vote will also mail physical registration kits to any barber in the country.

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FUTURE COALITION

Built by and for youth activists, Future Coalition is a national network fostering community and collaboration among youth leaders. For The Strange's Infusion Grants, we are specifically supporting Future Coalition's Texas Fellow and community organizer, Hodan E. Barreh. Hodan is working with numerous partners to develop a "Voter Clinc" in Austin, TX to combat voter suppression efforts that adversely affect African American and Indigenous populations in the city. The clinic will offer high-level assistance from lawyers, as well as election-day transportation, document translation, and assistance with polling place identification. Hodan will also be partnering with Women’s March Texas and other local organizations on a series of virtual trainings that recruit young people of color to assist with voter registration.

FUTURE COALITION

Built by and for youth activists, Future Coalition is a national network fostering community and collaboration among youth leaders. For The Strange's Infusion Grants, we are specifically supporting Future Coalition's Texas Fellow and community organizer, Hodan E. Barreh. Hodan is working with numerous partners to develop a "Voter Clinc" in Austin, TX to combat voter suppression efforts that adversely affect African American and Indigenous populations in the city. The clinic will offer high-level assistance from lawyers, as well as election-day transportation, document translation, and assistance with polling place identification. Hodan will also be partnering with Women’s March Texas and other local organizations on a series of virtual trainings that recruit young people of color to assist with voter registration.

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CARLA'S QUINCE

This virtual theatre-based experience was developed with an ensemble of theatre artists to increase Latinx participation in the United States' electoral process. Through a multimedia Quinceañera, Carla’s Quince takes an action-oriented approach to engaging young, unregistered Latinx voters, while providing space for individuals to better understand how their voting choices directly affect their communities. While many digital campaigns were nominated for Infusion Grants, this initiative felt especially impactful given that its target audience is younger unregistered Latinx voters, who could make a huge difference in this election and others moving forward. The team has also partnered with universities and theater companies to tour the show to swing states, ensuring it can have as wide of an impact as possible.

CARLA'S QUINCE

This virtual theatre-based experience was developed with an ensemble of theatre artists to increase Latinx participation in the United States' electoral process. Through a multimedia Quinceañera, Carla’s Quince takes an action-oriented approach to engaging young, unregistered Latinx voters, while providing space for individuals to better understand how their voting choices directly affect their communities. While many digital campaigns were nominated for Infusion Grants, this initiative felt especially impactful given that its target audience is younger unregistered Latinx voters, who could make a huge difference in this election and others moving forward. The team has also partnered with universities and theater companies to tour the show to swing states, ensuring it can have as wide of an impact as possible.

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Election Infusion nominations were reviewed by a selection committee of Strange Foundation residency alums. The above grantees were selected from a pool of finalists for their innovative vision, strategic approaches, and potential for impact by a review panel helmed by:

Election Infusion nominations were reviewed by a committee of Strange Foundation residency alums. The above grantees were selected from a pool of finalists for their innovative vision, strategic approaches, and potential for impact by three selection committee members:

Election Infusion nominations were reviewed by a committee of Strange Foundation residency alums. The above grantees were selected from a pool of finalists for their innovative vision, strategic approaches, and potential for impact by three selection committee members:

Election Infusion nominations were reviewed by a committee of Strange Foundation residency alums. The above grantees were selected from a pool of finalists for their innovative vision, strategic approaches, and potential for impact by three selection committee members:

Xena

Xena Ni is a designer and artist for the public good. Xena is currently the Director of Design at Alloy, a nonprofit building data services for voter registration, turnout, & election protection.

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Nick Chedli Carter is the Managing Director of Resilient Democracy, a civic engagement initiative dedicated to a more equitable and resilient democracy.

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Willa Köerner is a writer, editor, strategist, and Director of The Strange Foundation. She focuses on designing resources and opportunities to catalyze and sustain vital creative work.

Willa Köerner is Director of The Strange Foundation. She focuses on designing resources and opportunities to catalyze and sustain vital creative work.

DIRECTORY OF  INITIATIVES

DIRECTORY OF  INITIATIVES

DIRECTORY OF  INITIATIVES

DIRECTORY OF  INITIATIVES

DIRECTORY OF  INITIATIVES

The below politically focused projects and organizations were nominated for The Strange Foundation's Election Infusions Granting Initiative. Included in this directory are projects with publicly viewable information whose efforts aligned with our eligibility requirements. We publish this list in the hopes that more people will support their critical election-focused work, and feel inspired to start or join other creative and strategic organizing efforts.

The below politically focused projects and organizations were nominated for The Strange Foundation's Election Infusions Granting Initiative. Included in this directory are projects with publicly viewable information whose efforts aligned with our eligibility requirements. We publish this list in the hopes that more people will support their critical election-focused work, and feel inspired to start or join other creative and strategic organizing efforts.

The below politically focused projects and organizations were nominated for The Strange Foundation's Election Infusions Granting Initiative. Included in this directory are projects with publicly viewable information whose efforts aligned with our eligibility requirements. We publish this list in the hopes that more people will support their critical election-focused work, and feel inspired to start or join other creative and strategic organizing efforts.

For an easier-to-view version of the Directory, click here. And, for a much more expansive list of organizations and progressive leaders, we recommend checking out the Progressive Movement Landscape's database of organizations.

Note: We did not include all nominated organizations and organizers, especially if including them may have compromised someone's personal privacy. If you wish to be removed or added to our Directory, please email [email protected]

For an easier-to-view version of the Directory, click here. And, for a much more expansive list of organizations and progressive leaders, we recommend checking out the Progressive Movement Landscape's database of organizations.

Note: We did not include all nominated organizations and organizers, especially if including them may have compromised someone's personal privacy. If you wish to be removed or added to our Directory, please email [email protected]

For an easier-to-view version of the Directory, click here. And, for a much more expansive list of organizations and progressive leaders, we recommend checking out the Progressive Movement Landscape's database of organizations.

Note: We did not include all nominated organizations and organizers, especially if including them may have compromised someone's personal privacy. If you wish to be removed or added to our Directory, please email [email protected]

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COMING SOON...

COMING SOON...

COMING SOON...

Join our mailing list or watch this space for stories and interviews from our editorial partners, highlighting a selection of the Election Infusion nominees.

The Strange would like to thank illustrator and designer Sean Suchara for his help making our Election Infusions initiative shine!

The illustrations and surplus beauty on this page are thanks to Sean Suchara. The Strange is also grateful for the help we've received from Nick Chedli Carter, Kira Simon-Kennedy, Xena Ni, Galen Joseph-Hunter, and Emily Ludolph.

The Strange would like to thank illustrator and designer Sean Suchara for his help making our Election Infusions initiative shine!

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