The United States is currently swept by demonstrations in protest of our country's long-standing institutional oppression and violent racism towards African Americans. The murder of George Floyd by white police officers triggered a call for justice for Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin and the hundreds more Black Americans killed by police every year. Weeks of protests have expanded into a national movement to expose and dismantle the systems of white supremacy, unlearn our ingrained racism, and to support Black communities around the country.
Through history, art has been a powerful tool for challenging entrenched racial biases, exposing injustice, and opening windows into the lives of oppressed and silenced people and communities. But the arts, like every other social system in America, is institutionally biased against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Below is a list of organizations and non-profits who work tirelessly to create opportunities for BIPOC and Queer artists in the U.S. Please consider supporting them through donations or sharing.
Finally, take some time to get to know a few of the Black artists that have told their stories through paint, print and sculpture. I recommend the 60-painting Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence, that tells the story of the more than a million Black Americans who fled the rural south after the start of WWI, and horrific violence they faced in leaving, on the journey, and on their arrival in the north.
A global platform representing independent Black artists, makers and designers, dedicated to creating dialogue and rewriting the misrepresented legacy of Black artists and designers.
Support BIPOC artists and administrators, including consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal and temporary employees, etc. who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
Empowering the San Francisco Bay Area through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education, and programming.
A fund to raise money for distribution to Black artists and Black art collectives in the U.S.
BTFA Collective is connecting the community of black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts.
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.
Philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture, through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art.
Projections of determination1899-1979
Tackling abstraction at 751891-1978
Sculptor, teacher and warrior for civil rights1892-1962
"The idea of a march was growing"1907-1977
Images of dignity1918-1979
Modern Day Polymath1912-2006
“No one can tell us who we are”1913-2005
A freed slave tells stories in quilts1837-1910
A quiet man transcends racism to bring art back to religion1859-1937
Don't just document, celebrate1886-1983
The joy of African color and design1905-1998
African-American Chippewa woman takes over sculpture1844-1907
Delicate Sculptor of Horrors1877-1968
Making your own way to contribute to culture1909-1979
Painting my people1901-1970