Juneteenth Art Activism Challenge
From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, Black young people have always been on the frontlines of fighting for racial justice and liberation. Moments like these underscore that unceasing commitment. To spotlight this work and commemorate Juneteenth, we are calling for Black youth submissions of original art pieces (e.g., a painting, original music, spoken word, poetry, a blog post, etc.) centered around the theme of liberation.
The first 50 submissions will be matched with a $10 donation to We Are, an anti-racist education organization in Durham, North Carolina. Featured artists will also receive a #PassTheMicYouth tote bag, sticker, and pen.
Below are a few of our favorite submissions so far along with commentary from youth creators! We are still accepting submissions.
“I would like to feature my video project with my spoken word poem, to support the Black Lives Matter movement and express the importance and urgency people need to acknowledge to take action however they can to spread awareness.”
Liberation of the Diaspora
“My experience as a black American is deeply rooted to my family and friends. Having black friends from different background inspired this piece on how our collective history from America, Caribbean islands, South America and the African continent connect us. The Pan African movement to unify people of African descent and move forward with out liberation is what this piece is about. We need to work together to bring about change.”
Rachel M. James
“This painting is about how young black teens in America are raised and raised to do when stopped by the police. Where it is put your hands up, have no face expression, or not to move at all. Our struggle is to just stay alive. That’s why I put the words on the side. The bullets in the American Flag is to show how corrupt our nation is for the black community.”