(Above: writer and MacArthur Grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates speaking at the University of Michigan)
The MacArthur Foundation – one of the highest profile grant-giving organizations in the world – announced its 2015 recipients on Tuesday. Given to artists, scientists, writers, and important thinkers, each “genius” grant provides a no-strings-attached amount of $625,000 for each recipient to use in pursuit of her/his work. According to the foundation’s website, the grants are awarded for “exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”
Among this year’s recipients, stand out “geniuses” included Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic correspondent and author of the riveting book on race Between the World and Me), Matthew Desmond (renowned urban socialists and ethnographer who has produced widely acclaimed work on evictions in the United States), and LaToya Ruby Frazier (acclaimed photographer whose portraits profiling the history of decaying steel-production town Braddock, Pennsylvania have documented the blight of the United States’ rust belt).
Click here to see a full list of recipients.