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Eight 2024 Sistas Uprising Fund Finalists Have Been Funded!

"A 50% Chance of Paralysis..." Film Poster cropped into a banner. There is a rounded pond shaped like a globe with lily pads, lotuses, cattails, chamomile and lavender flowers. In the middle are a Black woman's legs holding a red cane.

"A 50% Chance of Paralysis: Get Ahead of Life Before Life Gets Ahead of You!" is selected for the DisABILITY Film Category at Freedom Festival International 2024!

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The Sista Creatives Rising logo is a circular yellow logo. Inside is a large Black woman meditating. Her hands are cupped with a sprout inside. Her head is a pink lotus. Behind her is a drawing of a stylized sun with rays shooting outward. Above the sun says “SISTA CREATIVES RISING.” Art by Amaranthia Sepia
A photo of Claire (sitting on the right) and Amaranthia (standing on the left). Claire is a bald older black woman holding a canein front of her. Amaranthia is a young Black woman with long locs. She is holding the Sista Creatives Rising logo above Claire's head. The iamge is in a handdrawn sunflower and vine frame.


"To help creative marginalized women and marginalized genders gain accessibility and visibility in the arts to facilitate personal healing."

- Claire Jones and Amaranthia Sepia

Mother-Daughter Team & Creators of Sista Creatives Rising


A Black Disabled Women Owned Project


Sista Creatives Rising (SCR) is a project (not a non-profit!) and concept founded by Black, invisibly disabled mother-daughter duo Claire Jones (age 61) and Amaranthia Sepia (age 24). At SCR, our mission is to help creative, marginalized women and marginalized genders gain accessibility and visibility in the arts to facilitate personal healing.

SCR seeks to strengthen our community by increasing the visibility of these artists with our disability-accessible virtual film event, "Art & Mind." We compensate artists and raise funds to create grants via our Sistas Uprising Fund. As a grassroots project founded by a disabled immunocompromised Black mother-daughter duo, we ensure our work incorporates disability justice principles and accessibility tools. SCR seeks to strengthen our community by increasing the visibility of these artists and providing them with affordable and accessible resources.

If our work resonates with you, we'd love to present your artistry!

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Despite the fast-paced rise of diversity in America, marginalized creatives are still underrepresented in the arts.
“Female museum employee hires rose 2% in 2015. Women in museum leadership roles rose from 57% in 2015 to 62 percent in 2018. There is still a long way to go regarding ethnic/racial diversity in these leadership roles in large museums.”- “Museums Are Becoming More Diverse, but There’s Still Work to Do,” Benjamin Sutton,, Feb 8th 2019
“A study found that 85% of artists in U.S. museum collections are white, and 87% are male.”William H. Frey,, March 14, 2018 (Study: Diversity of Artists in Major U.S. Museums by The Public Library of Science, 2019)

Sponsored By

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2023 Recipients Of

Mass Cultural Council
Nexus Community Partners Northstar Black Fellowship
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View Our 2024 Intro Video!

Learn more about our work!

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Art by Amaranthia Sepia. The background is watercolor salmon and mottled pink fading into white in the upper right hand corner. Standing in varying positions are Black and brown people. Their bodies are styled in a abstract mosaic of swirls of greens, browns, yellows. Their heads are represented by flowers.

Awareness, Education And Inclusivity Through The Arts

Woman 2 (Middle): A light skinned woman with an icy blue flower head is shown. Her body is decorated in swirls of hand painted designs of light and dark blues and purple.
Woman 1 (Left): A brown skinned woman with a purple flower head is shown. Her body is decorated in swirls of hand painted designs of fuchsia, purple and pink.
Woman 3 (Right): A dark skinned woman with a soft pink flower head is shown. Her body is decorated in swirls of hand painted designs of light and greens.
SCR develops a grassroots charitable art event and virtual gallery art show, "Art & Mind," which supports creative marginalized women and marginalized genders to share their journeys. This event uses short films, documentaries, entrepreneur features, and speaking engagements from professionals such as therapists and activists to raise awareness about social issues these creatives face.

These shows are in collaboration with activist organizations such as

Brain Arts Org & Dancing Queerly Boston, which support

marginalized creatives in Boston.

Interested in Virtual Engagements & Workshops Centered On Disability & The Arts?

Co-Founder Claire Jones is a virtual public speaker and collaborates with Amaranthia Sepia to facilitate virtual disability accessible keynotes and workshops. As a lymphoma, paralysis and domestic violence survivor, she helps marginalized women activate their light, in the middle of chaos, by recognizing the causes and effects of intergenerational trauma. 

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"An experience of collective pain does not deliver us from grief or sadness; it is a ministry of presence." - Brené Brown

Black & Still COVIDing Stories

As part of our work for Sista Creatives Rising, we advocate for virtual and hybrid spaces for disabled, chronically ill/immunocompromised people, along with people who aren't disabled but want to stay safe. We are disabled and immunocompromised ourselves. As a result, we are still masking, and "Still COVIDing." With mask mandates fading,  especially in healthcare,  many of us are restricted to our homes. Since Black people are disproportionately affected by COVID, we're looking for Black people to share their stories. The slideshow containing these stories, titled "Black And Still COVIDing: Stories of Separation, Isolation, Disability and Hope," will be continuously updated. It will be shared with organizations focusing on Black social justice issues, BIPOC experiences, marginalized identities, disability, mental health, health and wellness, and artist organizations. 


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Photo by Shawn Marquis. Photo Description: Artist and dancer Michael Winward is smiling, looking down and away

In 2023, I had the pleasure to work with Claire Jones and Amaranthia Sepia, organizers of Sista Creatives Rising. Dancing Queerly was an organizational sponsor of their program: “Art & Mind - I Know Who I Am! - Journeys of Women of Color and Femme-Expressing Creatives.” As an organization, Sista Creatives Rising does necessary and beautiful work: building community around anti-oppressive practices in the arts. As individual artists, Amaranthia and Claire combine their artistry and activism to powerful effect–drawing on their personal experiences to address pervasive social issues such as medical racism, bullying in public education, and COVID-consciousness (to name only a few). I am so glad to know them both, and am excited to witness their future work.

"Curls and Curves"a digital painting. Three voluptuous Black women with thick natural hair.


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