Mozilla’s latest round of Creative Media Awards will provide $245,000 in funding to Black artists who are exploring the effects of AI on racial justice
In August, Mozilla announced its latest round of Creative Media Awards: $245,000 in funding for Black artists who use art to spotlight how AI can reinforce — or disrupt — systems of oppression.
Explained J. Bob Alotta, Mozilla's VP of Global Programs: “Black artistry exists within a long-standing tradition of applying rigorous artistic analysis to the most compelling issues in society. With these awards, we’re eager to continue that tradition — and also to fuel the long-overdue interrogations of race and racism happening now in the U.S. and around the globe.”
Today, we're announcing the judges for the awards. These 10 individuals will review submissions throughout fall 2020 and ultimately select which projects will receive Creative Media Award funding. Meet our judges below, and click here for further details about the program and how to apply.
Meet our judges
Silvana Bahia is the co-director of Olabi, a social organization that works with Technology, Diversity and Social Innovation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She coordinates and developed PretaLab, a project which stimulates the protagonism of black women in the world of Technologies and Innovation. Associate researcher at the Art and Artificial Intelligence Group at the University of São Paulo and at the Research Group on Information and Communication Policies and Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. With a Masters in Culture and Territorialities at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. The first selected for the Lauttasaari Manor Residency program in Finland, collaborating for three months with the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA) project in Helsinki. In 2019 she co-directed the documentary "Blackboard", about the trajectories of black students in Universities in Brazil. She gave workshops at the RodAda Hacker Marathon - women's empowerment Research Group in new technologies.
She also co-coordinated the communication plan for the KBELA film and is a contributor to the Afroflix platform. She received the award for Distinction in Digital Culture: Social Innovation and Technology, granted by the Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre and the PACC UFRJ in 2017.