The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.

The Vilcek Prizes are awarded annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through their extraordinary achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities.

Meleko Mokgosi won the 2017 Creative Promise Prize in Fine Arts for paintings that rely on intensive research, reflection, and conversation in order to address widespread misrepresentation of Africa and Africans, and to accurately portray the continent’s complex social and political realities. 

For more information about Meleko Mokgosi and the Vilcek Prizes, please visit

Shot and Directed by: THEY bklyn
Editor: Danya Abt
Sound Mix & Design: Casey Holford
Music: Blake Ewing and Paperchaser
Color: Colin Travers
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