Vineyard Project Promotes Black Excellence

Connects Through Identity, Experience

An August 2023 gathering to celebrate The Vineyard Project was held in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Photo Nicole Nunez

Launched in 2022, The Foundation’s Vineyard Project For Black Futures In New Haven is inspired by the unique relationship generations of African American families in our community share with the historic island of Martha’s Vineyard.

The island “has long been a respite for Black families from limiting stereotypes and harmful narratives,” says Leon Bailey Jr., The Foundation’s senior vice president for human resources and organizational culture, who led the creation of The Vineyard Project. “We are building on that legacy to promote Black excellence and permanently change the narratives in our larger community.”

The Vineyard Project provides funding to support learning experiences that highlight New Haven families and groups working on narrative change, that elevate our collective understanding of our history. It recently funded the Constance Baker Motley exhibit at the Dixwell Q House, which attracted more than 500 visitors. Click here to view highlights from this year and consider supporting The Vineyard Project.