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Lantigua Williams & Co awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant for documentary reparations podcast

Lantigua Williams & Co awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant for documentary reparations podcast

PRESS RELEASE · Washington DC, USA ·

Lantigua Williams & Co. has been awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to produce a narrative podcast that explores the forms modern-day reparations and restitutions for Black and other Americans might look like.

The Peabody-nominated digital production studio is among 37 organizations receiving grants to advance the Foundation’s Racial Justice Field Support, with a “focus on combating anti-blackness.” MacArthur says it plans to take a leadership role in positioning reparations and racial healing as issues that philanthropy helps to meaningfully address.

“LWC was honored to have been invited to submit a proposal for this worthy endeavor,” said CEO and Founder Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, pictured above. “We’re humbled to be among the recipients of the inaugural funds. The work of conveying the gravity of the question of reparations and the urgency for an answer demands many of us to take up the challenge with rigor and intent. We hope our podcast is a meaningful contribution to the discussion.”

“As we emerge from this moment of crisis, we have an opportunity to improve the critical systems that people and places need to thrive. Our systems and structures must be rebuilt,” said MacArthur President John Palfrey. “We are committed to ensuring that our response to the pandemic is focused on supporting the reimagining of systems that create a more just, equitable, and resilient world.”

Lantigua Williams & Co. is an award-winning digital production studio founded in 2017 with the mission of supporting storytellers working in audio and film. With its creative and business partners, the company produces podcasts, documentaries, films, and other types of original narrative-driven works.

Equitable Recovery Initiative

In the fall of 2020, MacArthur established a $125 million Equitable Recovery Initiative. The Foundation deployed $40 million of bond proceeds through 24 grants. Initial grants focused on strengthening voter mobilization and election protection, addressing anti-Black racism, and supporting Native Americans impacted by COVID-19. Grants also supported Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in Chicago, technology and justice, and a fund for social entrepreneurs advancing racial equity.

View all Equitable Recovery grantees.

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