Inevitable Foundation has launched the Inevitable Foundation x Loreen Arbus Foundation Elevate Collective Awards. The professional development grants are part of Inevitable’s Elevate Collective program and will support four disabled women and/or nonbinary people with $8,000 professional development grants and the mentorship, coaching and connections they need to level-up their careers.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Loreen Arbus Foundation, who share our unwavering commitment to amplifying the voices of disabled creatives,” said Inevitable Foundation Co-Founders Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska. “Loreen has an incredible track record of supporting disabled creatives and upholding our shared belief that they have unique perspectives and experiences that contribute to the diversity and richness of storytelling.”
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Loreen Arbus is an author, disability rights advocate, writer, and producer, as well as President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. She has established many funds and scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests, and many of these scholarships and grants are concerned with the employment and representation of people with disabilities in media. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime), and she has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award.
“As someone who is a lifelong advocate for the rights of and opportunities for people with disabilities, I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Inevitable Foundation to invest in writers and filmmakers with disabilities. Together, we can provide them with the resources and support they need to not only succeed but thrive in this industry,” said Ms. Arbus. “The stories and perspectives of disabled creatives are essential and deserve to be heard. Our collaboration will help provide job placement, professional development, funding, and mentorship to this community, giving them the tools to build fulfilling and impactful careers.”
Previous Elevate Collective Award winners include Zayre Ferrer (Our Flag Means Death), Brett Maline (Loki), Marc Muszynski (Dexter: New Blood), and Keisha Zollar (Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show), among others. Applications for Elevate Collective are open now, learn more about the program and check your eligibility at https://inevitable.foundation/elevate.
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