[Visionaries in Craft] Indigo Arts Alliance

[Visionaries in Craft] Indigo Arts Alliance

Marcia and Daniel Minter | Portland, Maine
Published on Thursday, July 7, 2022. This article appears in the Summer 2022 issue of American Craft Magazine.
man and woman working together in studio surrounded by paintings

Photo by Gretta Rybus.

Indigo Arts Alliance was founded in 2018 by marketing professional Marcia Minter and her husband, artist Daniel Minter (both pictured)—because, says Marcia, “we had experienced firsthand the marginalization of Black and brown artists.” The only Black-led arts nonprofit in the state, it offers artists of color from across the globe a residency that brings with it a paid stipend, travel, housing, and state-of-the-art studio space.

“We feel,” says Marcia, “everyone should have the opportunity to cultivate a network of people who want to see you succeed and will help you along the way.” It’s also important, she says, to amplify the thought leadership, scholarship, and community commitment of the artists they serve. So Indigo provides mentorship and works with artists to create public engagement events, workshops, artist talks, and symposia.

black and white portrait of man and woman

Photo by Séan Alonzo Harris.

The young organization is thriving. It built a permanent home in 2019, and in 2022 received an Andy Warhol Foundation grant. “And many of the artists in residence,” says Marcia, “have received opportunities and exposure they had not previously had—grants, teaching, exhibitions, commissions, requests to serve on boards.

“We wanted to show people that Black and brown people are here! We want to see more of us here. We want to build global connections and to shape a picture of what a multiracial democracy can look like.”

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