JUNETEENTH: WORDS FROM WOOZY

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This Juneteenth, Woozy Magazine stands together with the objective of dismantling white supremacy, systematic oppression, and structural racism. Change requires conscious, collective, and continuous action; we demand equity and justice for all, and stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Black people, and all protestors. Ending systematic racism requires the rejection of the policing system, the prison-industrial complex, and capitalist exploitation. Affirming that Black Lives Matter affirms our mission of creating an inclusive and diverse platform, and in this we recognize the ongoing oppression that occurs not just in police departments, eviction courts, legislatures, banks, and hospitals, but also in the music industry.

We refuse to be complicit in the erasure of the intellectual and cultural contributions of black people — without the black community, much of the music we listen to today would not exist.

We will begin posting again much more consciously, and will continue to prioritize the BLM movement and the cause of justice above our regular posting. Although we are glad we took a break from posting to ensure that we were not taking up unnecessary room on social media and to go out and do work as individuals, we have re-evaluated this decision as we consider what sustainable change looks like. We decided that at this time, it would be valuable to use our platform to showcase the work and art of black people and underrepresented voices in music, as well as to just talk about music. We might be posting at a slower rate than before, but saying and doing nothing isn’t nearly as useful as something. 

If there’s going to be one thing that keeps us going through difficult times, it’s music — because no matter what happens, the music keeps going.


YOU CAN’T SEPARATE PEACE FROM FREEDOM BECAUSE NO ONE CAN BE AT PEACE UNLESS HE HAS HIS FREEDOM — MALCOM X


ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT EMERGING BLACK ARTISTS, THINKERS, AND CHANGE-MAKERS

Supporting the cause takes many forms: protesting, petitioning, speaking out, contacting your local officials, or donating. In addition to donating to your local bail fund, we’ve compiled a list of organizations you can donate to that support black creatives (those based in Chicago highlighted in pink). These organizations across the US aim to foster the careers of aspiring black creatives in a variety of ways. Most of all though, love, support, and stand up for black people in your everyday life.

Activation Residency

A New York-based residency, collective, and fund that serves and supports emerging artists of color. 

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago

The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago was originally founded in the early 1970’s as the Black Theater Alliance by a group of artists, activists and community leaders. Its purpose was to raise public awareness of African American artistic achievement and impact in Illinoi

Afrotectopia

Afrotectopia fosters innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, black culture, and activism. The organization hosts an annual new-media festival, summer camps for New York public-school students, provides college scholarships, and supports black-owned businesses. 

Arts Administrators of Color Network

This organization hosts annual conventions, a mentoring program, and professional-development events for arts administrators and artists of color. Recently, it set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to help creatives who are financially affected by COVID-19. 

Art Hoe Collective

An online collective that provides a safe space for creatives of color. To donate, email arthoecoreps@gmail.com.

Black Artists and Designers Guild

The Black Artists and Designers Guild combats the underrepresentation of black creatives in the art and design industries. The guild works to give artists opportunities for exposure and networking.

Black Artist Fund

10011 magazine—a publication that documents art and culture in New York City—recently launched the Black Artist Fund, which collects donations from both art lovers and raises funds through art sales, to directly benefit individual black artists and black art organizations across the U.S. 

Black Artists Network In Dialogue

This organization is dedicated to supporting, documenting, and showcasing the artistic contributions of black artists in Canada and internationally through exhibitions and a speaking series. 

Black Art Futures Fund 

A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation of black arts and culture. The group provides grants to small nonprofit organizations working to secure the future of the black art community. 

Black Girl Magik

A collective of artists and community organizers that hosts lectures, workshops, and events for women and girls from the African diaspora. To donate, fill out this form.

Black Lunch Table

The Black Lunch Table hosts roundtables of diverse art-world thinkers focused on critical race-related issues. The group also hosts Wikipedia edit-a-thons to expand entries about the lives and works of black artists. All BLT conversations are archived online.

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

A collective that connects black trans women and non-binary femmes of the art world. Recently, the collective helped launch the Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund to support black trans protestors with resources, medical care, and bail funds. 

Black Visions Collective

This Minnesota-based, queer- and trans-centered organization is dedicated to dismantling systems of violence. It works with black communities, including those in the art world, and helps promote investment in black leaders across diverse career fields.

Black Women’s Blueprint

This group, which runs the Museum of Women’s Resistance in Brooklyn, seeks to realize an equitable future for black women, including those in the arts.

Black Youth Project

The Black Youth Project aims to elevate the voices of young urban black millennials through storytelling and community-building projects. 

Bklyn Boihood

A creative collective for queer boys of color who lead art projects in communities across the US and Canada. To donate, Venmo @bklynboihood.

Brown Art Ink

This community incubator supports black and Latinx artists through paid opportunities to show work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. The organization also offers professional training in skills required to build a career in the arts. To donate, email hello@brownartink.com. 

By Us For Us

This collective of queer, femme, non-binary artists and organizers of color hosts events dedicated to investigating and dismantling systems of oppression.

Circles and Ciphers

Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people impacted by violence. Through art-based peace circles, education, and direct action we collectively heal and work to bring about the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts

Organized by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, this fund makes unrestricted grants of up to $2,000 directly to artists, teachers, and nonprofit arts workers from unserved communities that are especially financially vulnerable following the coronavirus pandemic.

(Fem)power 

This Miami-based collective organizes online events to promote the work of black and brown feminist artists. 

Harlem Arts Alliance

The Harlem Arts Alliance is 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.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces 

This organization provides opportunities for young black men and boys to express their creativity through art programs. 

The Sphinx Organization

This is a Detroit-based social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the performing arts (with an emphasis on classical music), through education, career development and performance-based initiatives.

Spicy Zine

Spicy Zine is a collective of women and queer/trans people of color working at the intersection of art, organizing, and publishing. To donate, click here.

Tessera Arts Collective

TAC supports womxn (including queer, trans, femme and non-binary) abstract artists of color in the Greater Philadelphia area and nationwide by providing opportunities, resources, and programming that elevates their work and practice. To donate, click here and here.

Women’s Center For Creative Work

This LA-based organization hosts residencies and events for artists dedicated to the idea that art either transforms or upholds the status quo.