A new cohort of 26 “extraordinarily creative” people have become the latest recipients of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, often known as the “genius” grant: a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant awarded to promising individuals to foster their creative potential. Each year the “Mac Fellows” include scientists, activists, artists and more.
The grants are awarded based on three criteria: Exceptional creativity, a track record of significant accomplishments, and potential for future creative work. Names are pooled from anonymous nominations and reviewed by a committee.
This year, Mary Halvorson is among the creative pioneers. The 38-year-old guitarist, ensemble leader, and composer is known for pushing against established musical categories with a singular sound on her instrument. Listeners are drawn to each new album featuring a distinctive configuration of bandmates and the evolving aesthetic that thrives in these collaborations.
Meet all of the 2019 MacArthur Fellows when you visit the MacArthur Foundation website.