Alums Sky Cubacub and Riva Lehrer Receive Disability Futures Award

Image Description: A Filipinx nonbinary person wearing colorful clothing throws back their head and smiles joyously. A white woman with short white hair with subtle lowlights, geometric earrings, and a crisp white collarless shirt poses seated
Sky Cubacub and Riva Lehrer. Images courtesy of the Ford Foundation.

Two School of the Art Institute of Chicago community members—alum and garment maker Sky Cubacub (BFA 2015) and Assistant Professor, Adj., painter, and writer Riva Lehrer (SAIC 1993–95)—are among the country’s first recipients of the Disability Futures award. Cubacub and Lehrer are two of 20 creative practitioners that were chosen to receive a $50,000 grant for their work, totaling $1 million for the entire initiative.

Recently launched by the Ford Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by United States Artists, Disability Futures is the only national award that focuses on artists with disabilities; according to Hyperallergic, it’s "the first multidisciplinary award of its kind and scale."