Art Activism Toolkit: Ways To Support The BIPOC Creative Community
By BAO Staff for Brain Arts Organization
June 15, 2020
Last updated: 8/3 at 11:15am
Hi all! The following is a compilation of resources for political activism and education as well as black and brown creatives to support.
BAO stands in solidarity and support of the Black Lives Matter movement to defund the police, end police brutality and dismantle white supremacy.
Free ways to be politically active from home:
Artists selling work to support racial justice organizations
- Hannah, one of our Boston Compass designers, is selling this t-shirt. All proceeds donated to The Bail Project, Inc.
- Our Own Emma Leavitt is selling a #BlackLivesMatter print: proceeds go to You Good Sis, a mental/spiritual/physical health collective for black & brown people in Greater Boston.
All of the proceeds from the window banners will be going to The Bail Project and Brave Space Alliance.
Artist and illustrator Olivia Deng is selling these ACAB t-shirts and donating 100% of sales to National Bail Out and Trans Justice Funding Project.
Compass contributer Naomi Westwater is selling downloads of her cover of "Strange Fruit" on bandcamp to benefit The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Suggested donation is $10.00, or donate what you can.
Local Black And Brown Artists and Creative Businesses You Can Support
Professional photographer Vania J. Arroyo is asking allies to donate so she can provide people of color with framed photographs of the protests. Donate via Cash App: $VaniaJArroyo, Venmo: @VaniaJArroyo, or PayPal: VaniaJArroyo@gmail.com (sent as a gift).
- People of color can email Vania their name and address to request a set of framed prints.
- Be sure to follow Vania on Instagram for more amazing photographs from the protests.
Mythsooka is a Black nonbinary visual artist. Follow them on Instagram and purchase a book of their artworks here.
Chanel Thervil: local artist and educator. You can support financially via Venmo @chanel-thervil, Cash App: $CThervil, or Patreon. Follow Chanel on Instagram and subscribe on YouTube
- Joye Williams of JoyefullyNatural, an apothecary that sells herbal remedies for health and wellness. Shop on Etsy.
- Farah Jeune, @studiojeuneart on Instagram, the artist who create the cover art for this post! Follow her on IG and check out Farenheight TV- her community television variety show and blog
- DAP tenant Edwin Charles: embroidery artist, support him by checking out his work on IG
- DJ WhySham of Boston Got Next: DJ and community leader Check out her many projects here. Boston Got Next, "hosts private listening sessions for Boston artists. Their goal is to help with artist branding and stage performance." Check them out on Facebook and their website.
- DAP Artist Tenant Jamal Thorne: drawing and mixed media visual artist, follow him on IG here.
- Luis Berroa aka Buddha Beats: Stream his music on Soundcloud.
- Print Ain't Dead: "Boston’s first pop-up bookstore/literary society by queer blk femme." Follow them on Instagram for updates.
- Community Music Center of Boston: "supports Boston’s students by giving them access to high quality music education and our renowned music therapy services." Donate here.
- New Repertory Theatre:a professional theatre company putting on "probing, thought-provoking shows" Ways to donate listed here.
- Danza Orgánica: dedicated to providing high quality dance performances to the Boston area and "rewriting our stories through peeling off layers of conditioning, extensive research, generating new movement, and creating new narratives that represent us as we want to be represented." Donate here.
- Abilities Dance: "promoting dance for individuals with and without disabilities." Donate here.
- BAMS Fest: "Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest strives to break down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture for color across Greater Boston." Donate here.
- Front Porch Arts Collective a "black-led theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater." Donate here to support their team as they tell the under-told stories of black and brown folks.
- ArtsBoston Network for Arts Administrators of Color: "creating powerful relationships between arts organizations, the public, and every sector of civic life to build an arts sector that represents the true character and diversity of our city." Donate here.
- Castle of our Skins: "celebrating Black artistry through music." Donate here.
- The Theater Offensive: "presenting liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color." Donate here.
- StageSource: working to "unite theatre artists, theatre companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential" Donate here.
- ArtsEmerson: dedicated to cultivating diversity within the arts. Ways to donate are listed here.
- The Loop Lab : "empowering Womxn and People of Color in the media arts to develop careers in audio/video through job training and job placement." Support their work here.
- Artists For Humanity: provides under-served teens with paid employment in art and design. Support them by donating here or purchasing art made by teen artists and designers.
- Dunamis: supports emerging artists of color through "professional development, community-building, consultation, production, advocacy and developing equitable pipelines for access and leadership in creative space." Donate to support their work here.
Company One Theatre: "builds community at the intersection of art and social change." Support them by donating here.
Z-Gallery: located on Dudley St in Roxbury, Z-Gallery highlights and support local artists. Donate to their Local Artist Relief Fund here.
- HipStory Boston: "a digital media production company responsible for creating unique, innovative, and inspiring art." Donate via Venmo: @hipstory, PayPal: paypal.me/hipstory, or Cash App: $hipstory.
- OrigiNation: a cultural arts center inspiring youth through dance, theater arts, and African history education. Donate to their programs here.
Transformative Culture Project: works with youth and adult artists to help them create social and economic power through their art Donate here to support their work.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative: empowering the residents of Dudley to cultivate a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood. Donate here.
- Radical Black Girl: an art-activist platform built with community in mind to amplify art that pushes boundaries, challenges systems of oppression and makes space for collective healing. Follow them on social media to keep up with their projects and events.
- Black Cotton Club: creating spaces where the Black community can tells their stories, collaborate and interact. Follow them on social media to keep up with their work.
- Black Market: focused on reigniting the creative economy of Nubian Square. Support by following them on social media to keep up with their work.
- Comics in Color: support Boston's First Comics Festival focusing on stories by and about people of color by donating here
- Racines Black Dance Festival: brings communities together to experience the healing effects of black cultures through dance. Support them by donating here.
- The Guild: focuses on community building, cultivating healing, preserving culture, and activating vital asset creation. Support their work empowering BIPOC creators by donating here.
- Urban Farming Institute : located in Mattapan, UFI promotes urban farming to develop healthy communities. Support them by ordering fresh produce online or donating here.
- Frugal Bookstore: located in Roxbury, dedicated to improving literacy within their community. Support them by ordering a book online.
- X-Academy: Youth empowerment through mentorship, athletics, civic engagement, and creative arts. Support them by buying something from their clothing line or making a donation
- DAREALES, a Dorchester- based and Black-owned clothing brand. They are currently sold out of EVERYTHING on their site but follow them on social media for updates.
- Am Stokes, a local Dorchester artist is selling art on Red Bubble including the first part of a four part series, "The Dangers Among US" depicting insects as unsuspecting prey in relation to innocent citizens falling prey to the coronavirus. Check out their masks, stickers, and more here.
- Trans Trenderz is a Black Trans led record label that aims to bring Trans voices into the mainstream industry by offering them record deals that let them keep the rights to their music and its royalties. Donate to them here.
More Black Owned Businesses to Support
Cover art done by Farah Jeune, @studiojeuneart on Instagram