Alongside global demonstrations against anti-Black violence and systemic racism, the last few weeks have catalyzed a surge of grassroots activism and fundraisers in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Artists and institutions have used their platforms for change, including photographer Paul Sepuya, who is offering prints to anyone who donates $250 or more to advocacy orgs; and New York gallery Gordon Robichaux, which started selling artist-silkscreened bandanas to benefit the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition.
But the number of cultural spaces, projects, and organizations that need our help is vast. As part of ongoing efforts to encourage tangible support of anti-racist initiatives, Hyperallergic is sharing a few ways to pitch in through arts-related benefit sales and fundraisers below.
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Born amid international protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and countless other Black people at the hands of law enforcement, this anti-racist coalition of Black photographers is selling original prints for $100 to benefit organizations that “support five key pillars of Black advancement: civil rights, education/arts, intersectionality, community building, and criminal justice reform.” The group — “a collective of Black photographers who uplift and invest in Black visibility” — was organized by photographers Joshua Kissi, Micaiah Carter, Dani Kwateng, Andre Wagner, Florian Koenigsberger, and Anthony Coleman.
Together, they are directing funds to organizations that support incarcerated, LGBTQ, youth, and other under-resourced Black communities, their partners are Know Your Rights Camp, Youth Empowerment Project, National Black Justice Coalition, the Bail Project, and Black Futures Lab. The first edition, “Vol. 001 Black In America,” has a heavy focus on portraiture, with contributions from artists including Devin Allen, Miranda Barnes, Awol Erizku, Texas Isaiah, and Rikkí Wright. Each 11-by-14-inch print will be printed on archival, acid-free paper. As the first sale comes to a close, photographers can submit their work to participate in future See In Black sales here. —Jasmine Weber
Time frame: Through 7/3
Price range: $100
The Black School (TBS), an experimental institution that educates Black and POC students and allies in radical Black politics through an art school, festival, and youth-staffed design firm, is currently fundraising to build a schoolhouse in New Orleans’s historic Seventh Ward neighborhood. Since its founding in 2016, TBS has served nearly 400 students, facilitated over 100 classes, and produced three Black Love Festivals, training and employing 16 design apprentices while collaborating with more than 50 partners. Reaching its $310,000 goal will allow the organization to build a permanent physical home and provide civic engagement activities in the hometown of Joseph Cuillier III, who co-founded TBS alongside Shani Peters, his partner. —Valentina Di Liscia
Minimum Donation: $5
In this fundraiser organized by Ivan Vartanian and Hideko. G. Ono, $100 from the sale of each $150 print by a Japanese photographer will benefit high-impact advocacy organizations. (The remaining $50 is split equally between the contributing photographer and production costs.) Buyers get to choose where to direct the proceeds of their purchase from a list of six beneficiaries: Black Lives Matter, the Okra Project, the Black Visions Collective, the Equal Justice Initiative, Black Voters Matter Fund, and MIGIZI. Yumiko Utsu, Masahisa Fukase, Takashi Homma, Mayumi Hosokura, Katsu Naito, and Risaku Suzuki are among the 32 participating artists. —VD
Timeframe: Through 7/20
Price Range: $150
Photographs for Purpose invited 68 artists to sell $100, 8-by-10-inch prints to “benefit four organizations devoted to racial, economic, and social justice in America”: Equal Justice Initiative, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Southerners on New Ground, and Planned Parenthood. Participating artists include Valerie Chiang, Ed Templeton, Ana Cuba, Billy Gérard Frank, Ariel René Jackson, and Monica Uszerowicz — who is also a Hyperallergic contributor. Photographs for Purpose, which was organized by Kathryn Harrison and Michael Adno, continues through July 31. —JW
Time frame: Through 7/31
Price range: $100
The Tribeca gallery Canada will donate 100% of the proceeds from its recently launched online sale, In Support of Black Lives, to different organizations tackling issues affecting BIPOC communities. These include the Black Feminist Project, a Bronx-based initiative focused on food access and reproductive rights for Black women, girls, and non-men; Common Justice, a restorative justice program dedicated to alternative-to-incarceration programs and prison abolition; My Block, My Hood, My City, which works with underserved and at-risk youth in Chicago; the Marsha P. Johnson Institute in New York, which protects the rights of Black transgender people; and many others. Click through the viewing room to discover paintings, drawings, prints, and even sculpture by artists such as Katherine Bradford, Matt Connors, Rachel Eulena Williams, Emily Davidson, Scott Reeder, Katherine Bernhardt, Xylor Jane, and Elisabeth Kley; the organizations they’ll be benefitting are listed on each individual work’s page. —VD
Price Range: $250 – $19,000
Two Black women-led arts organizations in Philadelphia — the Paul Robeson House and Museum and the Colored Girls Museum — have teamed up to launch a capital campaign to help restart programming as pandemic restrictions loosen and continue their mission of affirming Black memory and life.
The funds will cover expenses related to a safe reopening of both spaces, including air purifiers, sanitizer stations, protecting equipment, and hiring cleaning staff, as well as accessibility renovations and other building improvements. Though they have nearly reached their initial $100,000 goal, the museums will continue to take donations to cover additional and urgent needs.
The Colored Girls Museum hopes to hire a part-time administrator, begin roof repair on its 130-year-old structure, and install an outdoor gallery space; the Paul Robeson House wants to make basement insulation renovations before winter and repair the third-level facade of its complex, constructed in 1911, among other updates. —VD
Minimum Donation: $5