Celebrating Five Years of Community & Impact

Maven is building an ecosystem of queer & trans leaders of color who are fighting for more just communities. All year, we are highlighting moments in our journey and the incredible alumnx and partners who have contributed to Maven’s impact along the way. You won’t want to miss out on reflecting on memories and creating new ones. Read More.

Where Can You Go Quiet?

Maven Leadership Collective commissioned poet Arsimmer McCoy (she | her)  to write a poem about the need for rest. She delivered the poem at Maven Moves & Vibes on April 20, 2022. This event was produced in collaboration with O, Miami for their annual poetry festival. Read More

Connections Start With Vulnerability

Miami-based artist Khánh Nguyên Hoàng Vũ (aka Vũ, they/them) goes deep. In their curated performance where the only prompt was to “have a vulnerable conversation”, six artists moved through sound and space balancing a ceramic gourd and the trust between them. Vũ presented 40 one-of-a-king hand-thrown ceramic gourds. This commission was made possible by a partnership between Commissioner, Maven, and New World School of the Arts. Read More

Lip Service

Lip Service explores the tension between the rhetoric used to hold power and the language of liberation. Compelling visuals, sound, light, and the written word create an immersive experience that invites us to interrogate the public discourse on identity, solidarity, and progress. The piece’s structure and rhythm mirrors the familiar call and response of some faith traditions by juxtaposing expectations of grace with demands for acts. We are left to ponder our own contribution to building a more just, connected, and compassionate existence for all of us in society. Lip Service was commissioned to mark the fifth anniversary of Maven Leadership Collective. Read More.

The Real Cost of Upholding Power Structures

Philanthropy allows us to pool together our resources and invest in change that benefits our communities. Unfortunately, the current state of philanthropy falls far short of its potential, with too many programs that are not set up in a way that is equitable or representative of the communities they intend to serve. There is a clear need for change. It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. It’s already happening. Read More.

The New Way Forward for Community Investment

With everything that’s happened in the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk about “returning to normal.” But is that really what’s best for all of us? There’s no sense in going back to the way things were when that way wasn’t working for so many. There are new possibilities to explore, and we need to invest in this potential if we want our communities to thrive. Read More

With Us: Maven Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary with a Homecoming Celebration

Maven turns five: a night filled with joy, community, and an eye towards the future. After two years of virtual meetings and celebrations, Maven Leadership Collective shared a warm embrace in celebration of our milestone fifth anniversary.  Maven has been supporting and investing in queer and trans people of color since the inception of their signature leadership development program in 2017. For many of the Maven alumnx and friends, the night felt like a homecoming celebration. Read More.

New $100k Fund Elevates Impact for QTPOC Leaders

In conjunction with its fifth anniversary, Maven Leadership Collective is launching the Elevate Impact Fund. The $100,000 fund will provide queer and trans social impact leaders of color with much-needed resources without the normal red-tape we encounter. Read More.

Art Lessons: Maven Draws From Artists to Create a More Equitable Culture

Maven’s dedication to the arts is clear in their partnership with Commissioner, an art membership program that helps everyday art lovers in cities collect the works of some of the most gifted local contemporary artists. Collecting art can be intimidating, either because people lack the network, the finances or the knowledge. Read More

Miami Artist Khánh Nguyên Hoàng Vũ Explores the Healing Power of Conversation in a New Performance

Rising Miami-based artist Khánh Nguyên Hoàng Vũ (they/them) to present a groundbreaking new performance work, commissioned by local arts membership program Commissioner in partnership with Maven Leadership Collective and the Mitchell Wolfson, Sr. Foundation, that explores conversation as portals and containers for abundance. Read More.

The Philanthropic Gap Between Intention and Impact

By seeking out and inviting diverse excellence into our decision-making processes, we can create more innovative solutions, more resilient communities, and more meaningful change. When strategic decisions are made by people without relevant lived experience and understanding of the communities they want to serve, the impact of those decisions may be inadequate, ineffective, and harmful. Read More.

Our Problems Are Entangled, But So Are Our Solutions

This pandemic continues to show us how interconnected our communities are—if something affects one of us, it affects all of us. Our problems are entangled, but so are our solutions. Queer and trans people of color continue to lead the way in resilience and innovation. With more support, we can make sure everyone benefits from the solutions being created. Read More.

Fierce & Unbothered: A Liberation Testimony

Filmed in the Historic Hampton House in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood, “Fierce & Unbotheredis a declaration of Black queer struggles and liberation. The music video juxtaposes archival footage of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s with current movements for Black freedom from police violence, homophobia, and transphobia. Read More.

Operationalizing Your Equity Aspirations: A Practitioner’s Guide

We created this report, “81 Reasons You Are Missing Out on the Next Big Thing” to highlight the need for early, robust, and consistent investment in QTPOC-led organizations—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes our organizations and leaders more innovative, effective, and responsive to the needs of our communities. Read More.