“As my mother would tell me and her mother’s mother told her, Juneteenth was the day we received our freedom. It’s a way to honor my grandparents, and my great-grandparents, and my great-great grandparents who were slaves. We must honor the ancestors. That is why we celebrate.”
Today, as the Movement for Black Lives continues to gain momentum and affect change, Juneteenth has attained mainstream recognition as the official end of slavery in America. It is imperative that the stories of Black Americans be acknowledged, preserved, and celebrated at the level of validity that they deserve.
Arts and Cultural institutions face an uncertain future. This moment behooves us to rebuild and reimagine our arts and cultural sector, centering, celebrating, and acknowledging Black Excellence in all artistic forms.
Our ask is not for Black communities to come up with solutions for a problem that it had no participation in creating. Instead, we will continue to take inventory of our contribution to the field, and invite our partners to do the same.
As we continue the ongoing battle for racial justice and an end to police violence, we want to maintain our unwavering support for our community and ensure that you continue to thrive. To that end, we have compiled a list of shared resources from local and national organizations.
BRIC is proud to announce that it won its 12th Emmy® on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the 63rd Annual New York Emmy® Awards. Your Voice. Your Vote. tells an incredibly poignant and timely story about the importance of voting. Watch the Emmy-winning piece now!
Want a chance to bid on incredible artwork while helping secure emergency funding for critical scholarships serving at-risk indigenous women? One of our ArtFP alums, Johannah Herr, organized an online art auction to fundraise for her NGO, Daughters Rising, an anti-human trafficking, women’s empowerment organization.