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How to support the Black Lives Matter movement
How to support the Black Lives Matter movement
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6.6.2020 Art And About Africa

“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth” African proverb 

How to support the Black Lives Matter movement

All the voices in the world are rising in support of the protests that arose from George Floyd’s death.

His murder has sparked anger and indignation by initiating protests in all American states and around the world to fight racism and police brutality. 

All people marching in unity and solidarity under the movement Black Lives Matter founded in 2013 as a call to action & response to anti-Black racism.

The media are now filled with black images and protest videos appear incessantly on the web.

Contemporary artists stood up to pay tribute to George Floyd with their arts and everyone is looking for a way to contribute concretely to support the cause. 

HOW TO DO SOMETHING?

GET INFORMED AND SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE

To know what is happening and why its important to fight discrimination and create a better future.

Take time to listen to the stories and messages coming from the black community.

Read, explore, ask, talk to future generations.
Time out created a list of books for young people which handle subjects like race and equality with grace, offering a perfect starting point for a conversation:

https://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/news/kids-books-about-race-that-celebrate-diversity-and-inclusion-060120

 

USE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE

For those who might not be able to donate directly there are other ways to support:
Use the power of your signature to sign a petition from the various causes among the many that are present online;

Play a youtube video: many YouTubers like YouTuber Zoe Amira put together a video decided to donate the revenue of the AD directly to organizations.
Simply disable your adblocker and play the video without skipping the ads

 

DONATE

We collected a list of organizations to donate to:
pay bail bonds, create memorial funds, support emerging black artists and thinkers, push for political reforms, and all victims.

The list (in alphabetic order) is constantly updated, If you are aware of other organization, you would like to see listed please send us an email hello@artandaboutafrica.com

 

Activation Residency
https://activationresidency.com/co-op-fund

A New York-based residency, collective, and fund that serves and supports emerging artists of color. 

Afrotectopia
https://www.afrotectopia.org/about

Afrotectopia fosters innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, black culture, and activism. The organization hosts an annual new-media festival, summer camps for New York public-school students, provides college scholarships, and supports black-owned businesses. 

Arts Administrators of Color Network
https://aacnetwork.org/about-us/

This organization hosts annual conventions, a mentoring program, and professional development events for arts administrators and artists of color. Recently, it set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to help creatives who are financially affected by COVID-19. 

Art Hoe Collective
https://www.instagram.com/arthoecollective/?hl=en

An online collective that provides a safe space for creatives of color. To donate, email arthoecoreps@gmail.com.

Black Artists and Designers Guild
https://www.badguild.info/about

The Black Artists and Designers Guild combats the underrepresentation of black creatives in the art and design industries. The guild works to give artists opportunities for exposure and networking.

Black Artists Network In Dialogue
http://band-rand.com/site/

This organization is dedicated to supporting, documenting, and showcasing the artistic contributions of black artists in Canada and internationally through exhibitions and a speaking series. 

Black Art Futures Fund
ttps://www.blackartfutures.org/about/

A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation of black arts and culture. The group provides grants to small nonprofit organizations working to secure the future of the black art community. 

Black Feast
https://www.blackfeastdinner.com/

Black Feast hosts events focused on food and conversation celebrating black artists and writers. To donate, email blackfeastdinner@gmail.com.

Black Girl Magik
https://blackgirlmagik.com/about/

A collective of artists and community organizers that hosts lectures, workshops, and events for women and girls from the African diaspora. To donate, fill out this form.

Black Lives Matter
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
You can donate directly towards the Black Lives Matter movement, in order to support the organization’s “ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate black people, and end white supremacy forever”.

Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK)
https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
A coalition of black activists and organizers from around the UK. The fundraiser is asking for donations in order to “support UKBLM’s work with black communities in the UK”.

Black Lunch Table
http://blacklunchtable.com/

The Black Lunch Table hosts roundtables of diverse art-world thinkers focused on critical race-related issues. The group also hosts Wikipedia edit-a-thons to expand entries about the lives and works of black artists. All BLT conversations are archived online.

Black Visions Collective 
https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

⁠Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have the autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in the right relationship within our ecosystems.

Black Women’s Blueprint
https://www.blackwomensblueprint.org/

This group, which runs the Museum of Women’s Resistance in Brooklyn, seeks to realize an equitable future for black women, including those in the arts.

Bklyn Boihood
https://www.bklynboihood.com/about-bbh

A creative collective for queer boys of color who lead art projects in communities across the US and Canada. To donate, Venmo @bklynboihood.

Brown Art Ink
http://brownartink.com/#about

This community incubator supports black and Latinx artists through paid opportunities to show work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. The organization also offers professional training in the skills required to build a career in the arts. To donate, email hello@brownartink.com.

By Us For Us
http://www.bufubyusforus.com/

This collective of queer, femme, non-binary artists, and organizers of color hosts events dedicated to investigating and dismantling systems of oppression.

Campaign Zero
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision
The organization that works on specific policy solutions.

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts
https://www.cciarts.org/mission_history.html

Organized by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, this fund makes unrestricted grants of up to $2,000 directly to artists, teachers, and nonprofit arts workers from unserved communities that are especially financially vulnerable following the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency Release Fund
https://emergencyreleasefund.com/about/
Supports trans protestors by posting bail for pretrial medically vulnerable individuals and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ.

Harlem Arts Alliance
https://www.harlemaa.org/

The Harlem Arts Alliance is a network of established and emerging visual and performing artists, businesses, and institutions that partners with major arts institutions in New York to increase its members’ visibility.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces
http://lifepieces.org/support-us/

This organization provides opportunities for young black men and boys to express their creativity through art programs. 

Know Your Rights Camp
https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal
The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers and civil rights lawyers nationwide to provide legal resources for those in need.

National Bail Out
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/freeblackmamas2020
National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.

National Bail Fund Network
https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. They regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund
https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/
The Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the family in the days to come as continuing to seek justice for George.

Spicy Zine
https://spicyzine.com/

Spicy Zine is a collective of women and queer/trans people of color working at the intersection of art, organizing, and publishing. 

Women’s Center For Creative Work
https://womenscenterforcreativework.com/support-us/

This LA-based organization hosts residencies and events for artists dedicated to the idea that art either transforms or upholds the status quo.

Reclaim the Block
https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#about
This organization seeks to transfer funds given to the Minneapolis Police Department into other areas of the city’s budget that promote community health and safety.

 

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