Announcing the 2024 World Makers

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We believe that being a culturally-rooted Louisiana artist can be a radical act. We believe that resourcing artists and culture bearers to do their work in Louisiana is absolutely essential to the well-being—cultural, social, political, communal, spiritual, and ecological—of Louisiana. In order to create a more just Louisiana, we must ensure that artists and culture bearers, especially those who are born and raised in Louisiana, have the ability to stay and thrive in their communities.


FFL is thrilled to announce the 45 recipients of the 2024 Louisiana World Makers Awards. This groundbreaking arts and culture grantmaking initiative provides a total of $430,000 in unrestricted funds to support the visionary creative work of Louisiana artists, cultural workers, and tradition bearers across the state.

These 45 World Makers, representing a broad array of creative disciplines, were selected through a competitive open call and a rigorous peer review process facilitated by renowned cultural leader Gia Hamilton. The judging panel, diverse in artistic and cultural practices, race, gender, and geographic roots within Louisiana, sought out visionary work with the ability to transform our sense of what other worlds are possible.

Selected from over 152 applicants, the World Makers' work addresses critical issues facing our communities, including climate impacts, mass incarceration, cultural memory and legacy, and the displacement and erasure of Black and Indigenous communities.

FFL prioritized supporting Black, Indigenous, and artists of color born, raised, and/or with generational ties to Louisiana. We also gave additional priority to elder artists and culture bearers, as well as transgender and gender-nonconforming artists and culture bearers.

We are proud to invest in these visionary Louisiana World Makers and their invaluable contributions to the cultural landscape, freedom work, and justice movements throughout the state.

Meet the 2024 World Makers: 

Last Call

Hali Dardar

Ifátùmínínú Bámigbálà Arẹ̀sà

Nicole Collins

Black + Well

Grounds for Justice Film Collective

Nelson Williams

Shaka Zulu

Ayo Yohance Scott

Wild Mohican Mardi Gras Indians

Alison Pelegrin

Ida Aronson

Lara Hill

Monique Lorden

Brandon V. Lewis

Titos Sompa

Marcus Ṣàngódoyin Akinlana


Kristal “M2DaE” Jones

Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley

Artist Journey Allen


Tommye Myrick

Brian Nelson

Greta Gladney

Janet Sula Evans

Nikkisha Napoleon

Bruce Sunpie Barnes

Juicebox P. Burton

Karisma Price

Maaliyah Papillion

Kim Vaz-Deville

Fernando Lopez

Troy Sawyer

Or Shovaly

Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson

Spy Boy Walter Sandifer III

Queen Tahj


Kelder M. Summers

Cougar Prejean Goodbear

Writers for the Jerome Smith Biography:  

  • Kalamu ya Salaam
  • Freddi Williams Evans
  • Joyce Jackson
  • Raphael Cassimere
  • Jarvis DeBerry
  • Zada Johnson
  • Freddye Hill
  • Randal Jelks

Yellow Pocahontas Black Masking Indians

Lisa Shattuck

Red Flame Hunters

Carol Bebelle