Wisdom Young

2019 Early-Career Research + Development Grantee | $2,500

Shaking Shackles & Colonizers: The door to a realm of healing

As an African American woman in Minnesota, born in Natchez, Mississippi, Wisdom Young is filled with questions about identity, home and healing. A disconnection from source exists that leaves a feeling of longing, otherness and bitterness for Wisdom, whose DNA carries trauma for generations and across oceans. The grant will enable travel across that ocean to Ghana and Senegal to create an art work for North Minneapolis that addresses home and healing in regard to origination, connection and culture.


Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.