MacArthur ‘genius grants’ awarded to seven New Yorkers

Seven New Yorkers joined the long list of artists, scientists and other Americans who have been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation with “genius grants.”

The nonprofit announced this year’s winners of its annual fellowship program Wednesday night, which recognizes people “for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.”

“They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all,” MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch said in a statement.

The winners, who are chosen in secret by the organization, will receive a $625,000 grant.

Last year, “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was named a fellow.

This year, the foundation bestowed the honor to fellow playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (pictured above). The 31-year-old won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year for his play “Gloria.”

Here are the other six winners from New York City: