The Opportunity Agenda’s six-month “We Can Thrive Together” 2022 Culture & Narrative Fellowship supports five artists whose work actively grapples with the leading narratives or “big stories” that impact our collective ability to thrive. Each fellow receives $15,000 in support, customized advisement sessions from The Opportunity Agenda, and access to the organization’s expansive network of creatives and advocates.
This inaugural cohort includes visual artists, writers/producers, and cultural strategists selected by an internal panel for their creative vision and excellence and their project’s potential for impact on economic justice. Their proposed projects aim to tackle dominant narratives for economic justice and intersect with other issues including immigration, mass incarceration, public health, climate change, food justice, and drug decriminalization. Get to know the fellows below and stay tuned to follow their journeys.
Introducing the 2022 Fellows
Alex Albadree is a BIPOC queer immigrant who divides his time between DC and Istanbul where he creates art for social change. The pieces Alex creates aim to engage with current and historical events to raise critical consciousness and call individuals to take action for social transformation. Alex applies an intersectional approach to the issues he amplifies, highlighting the ways that oppressive systems rooted in white supremacy and capitalism degrade our empathy, dignity and environment. Through beautifully crafted digital illustrations, Alex invites us to take a hard, honest look at our world and at ourselves. And then to imagine a better world. And, most importantly, to fight for it.
Follow Alex on Instagram. Website coming soon.
Nando Alvarez is an Ecuadorian artist based in Washington DC. As a Latinx immigrant, he tries to connect a wide range of experiences and traditions into an always developing language to talk about the profound crisis we are in, trying to put the human being at the center of his narrative. His work combines and experiments with various mediums and platforms, such as screen-printing, painting, digital illustration, murals, photography, etc.He has worked closely with local communities and organizations to create art for transformation, to accompany their struggle for social justice. His core belief is that art is at the center of the human experience and has the potential to transform individuals and whole societies because art can open the future. Nando recently has served as an artist in residence for Empower DC, a local grassroots organization and was awarded with the Arts and Humanities Fellowship 2022 by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Sheri Bradford is a graduate of Emerson College and has been working in the film and television industry for the past 13 years. She started her career working at William Morris Endeavor as an assistant in the MP Literature department, and has since worked on films (Enders Game / Summit Entertainment), TV shows (Low Winter Sun / AMC, Web Therapy / Showtime, Archibald’s Next Big Thing / Netflix), and for major studios (DreamWorks Animation TV, ViacomCBS, Mattel Inc). Sheri is also a 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, a 2018 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion Fellow, a 2021 Yes And... Laughter Lab Winner, and a 2022 Opportunity Agenda Culture & Narrative Fellow. She currently works in animation and continues to create and develop her art wherever she can.
Annie Del Hierro
Annie Del Hierro (b. Quito, Ecuador) is a community-engaged visual artist, organizer, culture promoter, and educator based in Brooklyn - the ancestral and unceded land of the Lenape. Her work explores history, individual and collective memories, and identity utilizing collage art, wheat-pasting, photography, and video as tools for her practice. She is interested in continuing to create collaborative public art projects as platforms for community engagement and cultural interchanges to reflect a collective identity and belonging. Annie usually collaborates with artists from different disciplines and the public who are not involved in traditional art settings.
Josh Healey is an award-winning comedic writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist. Together with his rabble-rousing team at Offsides Productions, he has written and produced political comedy videos and creative campaigns featuring Daveed Diggs, Sarah Silverman, W. Kamau Bell, Lewis Black, and Diane Guerrero that reached over 15 million viewers and amplified social justice movements across the country. As program director at Movement Generation, Josh co-wrote and produced two seasons of The North Pole, a comedic web series with Rosario Dawson and Boots Riley about gentrification, global warming, and gluten-free donuts. A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment, Josh has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and his 13-year-old nephew Brian Silverstein’s YouTube page, where he has at least 27 thumbs up. He has performed and led workshops at UC Berkeley, Harvard, NYU, and over 200 colleges, high schools, and juvenile detention centers across the country. Born and raised in DC, these days Josh eats his daily bagel in Oakland, CA.