Rainin Foundation Videos Receive Awards - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Rainin Foundation Videos Receive Awards

Amara Tabor-Smith mid-movement in front of the Oakland estuary. Still image of Amara Tabor-Smith from the 2021 Rainin Fellowship announcement video courtesy of Jamie DeWolf.

Two Kenneth Rainin Foundation video series, created in partnership with Bay Area artists and filmmakers, have been honored by the 20th annual American Business Awards. The Foundation received a Gold Stevie for a series featuring the inaugural Rainin Arts Fellows and a Silver Stevie for videos about community-driven public art projects.

We are thrilled to receive these awards, which underscore artists’ essential role in telling diverse stories and reflecting on contemporary issues. We will continue to lift up and support the visionary work of artists.

Short video featuring the 2021 Rainin Fellows—Amara Tabor-Smith (Dance), Margo Hall (Theater), People’s Kitchen Collective (Public Space) and Rodrigo Reyes (Film). Video credit: Lori Halloran.

About The Award-Winning Video Series

A Gold Stevie was awarded for our video series celebrating the four inaugural Rainin fellows—Amara Tabor Smith, Rodrigo Reyes, People’s Kitchen Collective and Margo Hall. The Foundation launched the Rainin Fellowship in 2021 to support Bay Area artists working in Dance, Film, Theater and Public Space. Artists receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000 along with tailored supplemental support. These fellows push the boundaries of creative expression, anchor local communities and advance their fields. We are grateful to the fellows and filmmaker Lori Halloran for their visionary work. Explore the Fellows’ videos here.

The American Business Awards recognized our video series about four temporary public art projects, funded through the Foundation’s Open Spaces Program, with a Silver Stevie. Artists featured in the video series engaged communities to create projects focused on timely issues—immigration, the liberation of working women, the dreams of people with conviction histories, identity and belonging and transgender activism. The videos documented the projects and were accompanied by a set of written reflections that uplifted participant perspectives and conveyed the ongoing impact of temporary public art. We are grateful to the artists and participants and filmmaker Jamie Dewolf for these beautiful stories. Explore the public art videos here.