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Click here to learn about nonprofit mini-grant recipient, 
HEARTism Community Center!

The following are excerpts from Christopher Grant's proposal:

In my artistic practice, I am dedicated to capturing the enduring strength of black families through the lens of film, inviting audiences to witness their resilience and celebrate their narratives. At the heart of my work lies NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE, a narrative short film and social justice initiative that illuminates a family's unwavering commitment to the fight for their right to stay together. 

NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE - inspired by lots of people’s true stories.

An African American mother, convicted and on the verge of prison, asks for one last chance to see her kids. But when her children refuse to say goodbye, she’s forced to make other plans.

Focusing on the experiences of Black and Brown parents navigating the complexities of the Child Protective Services system in the U.S., my work sheds light on the harsh scrutiny they face due to their skin color. I draw from the accounts of parents I've interviewed, revealing the systemic challenges entrenched in bureaucracy, overwhelmed agencies, and a fragmented legal system. These experiences are further exacerbated by a family court system often biased in judgment—an embodiment of what many describe as institutional racism.

I created the Never Can Say Goodbye Drama Therapy Workshop as a therapeutic space, supporting parents before, during, and after production. 

Central to my artistic vision is the integration of social justice initiatives directly into the filmmaking process. My commitment extends beyond storytelling; it encompasses a dedication to effecting change by intertwining social justice advocacy with creative production.

The film is complete and now we need help getting the word out. We intend to expand the social justice initiative to help as many as 250 families.

We need funds to create community marketing materials, flyers, posters, postcards, brochures.

We need to reach the thousands of other parents who may need our workshop. There are literally thousands in NYC and your grant will help us reach them.

Change only happens when we make it happen. Thousands of Black and Brown parents who deal with child parent separation in NYC need a voice and we intend to give it to them.

You may be the next grant winner! Click here to apply. 

There is no specific type of artist that we focus on or primarily support. Creative expression comes in a wide variety of artistic disciplines and genres. We are looking for passion and excellence in your craft. Tell us why your work is important to you and how you hope it will impact others. 
Where Eagles Soar (Isaiah 40:31)


Website: nevercansaygoodbyefilm.com


Integrity: Arts & Culture Association is honored to approve Grant's funding request and we wish him continued success in his endeavors.