Three Jamaica Plain artists received $10,000 grants as part of Boston’s second round of Artist Fellowship Awards. The Artist Fellowship Awards is a pilot program, "...that invests in mid-career individual artists living and working in Boston." “As we work to ensure that local artists can thrive in the city of Boston, it’s so important to have programs like this that support artists creative contributions to our city,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, via press release. “We’re excited to invest in these artists and give them the opportunity to use this grant in whatever way is most meaningful to them.”
The three Jamaica Plain artists who received grants are Billy Dean Thomas, Shubha Sunder, and Paloma Valenzuela. The following was provided by the city about the award recipients:
Billy Dean Thomas, aka “The Queer B.I.G,” is a hip-hop recording artist and composer born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston.