Grantees All Genres

Getting Under Our Skin

Wyllie, Nancy

Year Grant Awarded: 2021

The Global Skin bleaching epidemic is explored through historical references dating back to Ancient Egypt and raw interviews with Americans navigating race and colorism in the 21st century.

For A Better Life

Yasmin Mistry / Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project

Year Grant Awarded: 2017

"For A Better Life" is the fourth film in an eight part documentary film series, created by the Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP), which tells the true-to-life stories of foster youth in order to create greater understanding of the U.S. child welfare system.

Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project

Yasmin Mistry | idesygn creative LLC

Year Grant Awarded: 2013

Crushed in childhood by their fragmented families, 9 individual foster youth face down abuse, institutionalization and death to defy the odds.

Awaken the Imagination

Yeghiazaryan, Lusine

Year Grant Awarded: 2017

Awaken the Imagination was a collaborative effort between the artist and various NYP Library branches. It was a series of window displays featuring large paper sculptures depicting powerful imagery from books with socially conscious and educational messages intended to draw in younger people.

365 Release Project

YK Hong

Year Grant Awarded: 2011

Giving away one thing each day for 1 year to create a practice of non-attachment, letting go, and change.

The Three Bears

Youth Stages LLC

Year Grant Awarded: 2012

The Three Bears, an interactive theatre experience for 3-5 year olds, was performed in three libraries along the New Jersey shore in communities adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy

Misread Signs

Yuliya Lanina

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

"Misread Signs" is a multimedia three channel installation. It explores the effects of trauma on human psyche. All images are hand painted and then animated on the computer. Each channel is projected onto the adjacent walls, creating a seamless immersive story.


Zallman, Toby

Year Grant Awarded: 2022

“reefscollapse” is a project that attempts to bring awareness to how we, as individuals, by the choices we make, contribute to climate change and the destruction of the earth’s ecosystems. The work addresses the catastrophe of the bleaching and collapse of the world’s coral reefs.

Air Quality Orange

Zamani, Eboni

Year Grant Awarded: 2022

Air Quality Orange is a docu-series and interactive map that takes an in-depth look at the environmental racism that Black and Latino communities have been facing throughout Philadelphia and how Black and Latino Philadelphians people are fighting for justice and working on environmental solutions

Oh, The Guilt

Zargari, Shahab

Year Grant Awarded: 2021

Oh, The Guilt, is a coming-of-age film set in the 1990s featuring a Persian-American teen as the main character. The plot tackles death, and survivor’s guilt, elements of the human condition that transcend age, race, and creed.