The Knight foundation has chosen Ariell Johnson out if more than 4,500 applicants to receive their $50,000 grant
Her proposal, “Up, Up And Away: Building a Programming Space at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse," outlined how Johnson would use the grant to build an educational program to help aspiring comic creators to learn about drawing, writing, pitching and publishing. With this grant, Johnson will be able to further her reach in big ways.
“We do a lot of these programs in our space,” Johnson said, These include children’s workshops. “But the building is actually much bigger. There are rooms behind the bathroom, which we haven’t renovated. This grant will allow us to open up those rooms to the public and create a permanent programming space. We’ll use it to its full potential.”
When she opened her store in December 2015, Johnson became the first black woman to own a comic book shop on the East Coast.
(source: Blavity )
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