VSCO Voices is a six-month artist grant program run by Access Ventures in partnership with VSCO.
Art does not exist in a vacuum. It is influenced by things happening around us and it has an influence on people and communities around it. Conversations are started through art because it raises awareness, sparks questions, addresses emotions, and helps identify and define individuals and the communities where they live. We believe creative expression in the arts can be a powerful tool for instigating change and creating dialogue as well as bringing people together.
VSCO Voices is a six-month grant program run by Access Ventures in partnership with VSCO. It is one of the many ways Access Ventures deploys capital within the creative economy. In 2018, we partnered with VSCO to be their catalytic funder and program supporter to launch VSCO Voices. Over the past two years, we have granted $200,000 to artists to make art that drives awareness to underrepresented stories in the United States.
In 2018, the project theme was Home, a universal concept that transcends race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, and religion. In 2019, creators worked on projects that explored the theme Style. Together, grant recipients explored what these themes mean to a marginalized community living in the United States today. As creators, we possess the power to uncover and capture voices not heard. Use your medium as a microphone for those who don’t have their own.
Together with VSCO, we believe that creators are amongst the best equipped to spread and awaken diverse perspectives. We believe in the power of helping creators spread diverse perspectives through art that will ultimately spark important conversations in our community. We see value in providing creatives access to come up with new ideas and the support and funding to try them out. We believe creators are a powerful force for change and VSCO Voices is a program that helps identify and fund early-stage creators that create impactful work that aims to become a catalytic program to help propel a creator’s career.
Access Ventures’ seeks partners that share our desire in building a more inclusive and creative economy. We partnered and helped co-found the VSCO Voices program with VSCO, a photo company that builds creative tools to help equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey towards reaching their creative potential. Together with VSCO, we each participate in the program by leveraging our strengths to develop, manage, and execute on a new art grant that will fund the next generation of creators. Our role within VSCO Voices has been to provide the funding, strategy, and expertise in starting and scaling new impactful programs. We have also helped in opening doors to new partners, funders, and organizations that are mission-aligned in our efforts to support creators that are creating meaningful and impactful work in the United States.
We believe creators are a powerful force for change and VSCO Voices is a program that helps identify and fund early-stage creators that create impactful work that aims to become a catalytic program to help propel a creator’s career.