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Artists raising money for the Black Trans Community. 

Art for Black Lives allows artists to donate fine art digital prints to raise money for the Black Trans Community. Rounds 1 and 2 raised $53,000 for The Okra Project and Round 3 will benefit The Frances Thompson Education Foundation.

This platform arose from conversations about the many ways in which current momentum in the anti-racist movement must become committed, ongoing engagement. In line with our aim to leverage the art market to redistribute resources to the Black Trans Community, each artist’s contribution to R1 and R2 is an extension of an existing exhibition of their work. R3 is released in collaboration with Fairchain (see details below.) 

The Black lives, queer and feminist movements have all failed to center Black Trans people historically, despite their bearing the brunt of anti-Black, anti-queer and anti-femme violence. This erasure is not just callous but self-defeating, as these movements cannot realize equitable and just treatment until they prioritize the most marginalized among them. This shift must take place at a personal and structural level. We believe that we have a responsibility to those who have been historically shut out of wealth accumulation, housing, and employment, particularly because our own liberation has benefitted from their vigorous fight and humanity. The art world, mired in questions of access, is a prime place to begin both the tactical work of resource redistribution and committed solidarity, as well as to engage critically with questions around who is silenced and who is heard. 

Acknowledgements

Art for Black Lives is organized by Robert Franklin and Camila McHugh. Thank you for inspiration and advice to Art for Philadelphia and much gratitude to Clementine Butler-Gallie, Charlie Jarvis, Noah Hornick, Max Kendrick, Andrew Lee, Dan Solbach and Will St. Amant.

Fiscal sponsor: Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (R1 and R2) and Pioneer Works (R3)

Printing Partners: d’mage Fine Art Print Specialists, Berlin (R1 and R2) and Chroma Center, New York (R3)

Design: Hayley Smith and Hannah Lane

All prints from Rounds 1 and 2 are accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.  All prints from Round 3 are signed and numbered.

For the HRC’s Dismantling the Culture of Violence Report, which analyzes how anti-transgender stigma and socioeconomic structures conspire to create a culture of violence, along with a list of the names and accounts of Trans people who have been victim to deadly violence this year, see here.

Fairchain Partnership

Art for Black Lives is happy to to collaborate with Fairchain, a social impact initiative, on Round 3 of the fundraiser. Fairchain is an experiment in sustainable, inclusive, and responsible art patronage.  An equitable title management, authentication, transaction tool for fine art that prioritizes user data privacy and security, Fairchain’s system of protective contracts are conditioned upon a commitment to support the art ecosystem in a long-term and sustainable manner.  Just as every print sold by Art for Black Lives supports the Black Trans community, Fairchain ensures that any and all resales of these prints support working artists and the causes they care about.

Each work sold in R3 will be accompanied by a tamper-proof digital certificate of title and authenticity, secured in perpetuity using distributed public ledger (blockchain) technology – helping collectors avoid fraud and disputes while protecting the value of their cultural investment.   This document exists digitally on the Art for Black Lives x Fairchain platform, and can be viewed or transferred at any time.  When a work changes hands (whether re-sold or gifted), with just a few clicks you can legally transfer ownership of the work. R3 purchases are not final until Fairchain’s agreement has been signed. Instructions will follow after purchase.

Cost Breakdown

In R1, we raised $27,327.17 for The Okra Project. This breaks down to a $26,202.17 check from our fiscal sponsor, the Leslie Lohman Museum, to the Okra Project, and $1,125.00 in direct donations that patrons asked we include in our accounting. Let’s break that down:

Our total revenue was $30,673.54. This includes total Sales Revenue, $26,548.54, which accounts for only the payout after Stripe’s cut (depends, in each of the 88 sales, on the collector’s credit card of choice). Additionally, we received (via our fiscal sponsor Leslie Lohman) a $3,000 donation from an advised fund under the Silicon Valley Community Foundation intended to cover our costs.

Separately, three anonymous patrons and artists offered direct donations to The Okra Project on behalf of A4BL, amounting in total to $1,125.00. Each requested that their contribution be included in our total impact. Anonymized donation receipts are available on request.

Our total costs, after payment processing, were $3,346.37. These covered Tech Costs (the website domain and upkeep), $129.66; Printing costs (conducted at and subsidized by our generous printing partner d’mage, Berlin), $2,530.01; Packaging and Shipping costs (cardboard mailers, postage, international shipping, etc.), $686.70.

R2 calculations followed a similar logic. In total, we earned $30,893.00 in gross revenue, with an automatic stripe fee of $1,071.58. Remaining operational costs were $4,364.80, which broke down to $3,351.79 for printing, $152.57 for packaging, and $860.43 for global shipping. Accounting for these, profits for the round amounted to $25,456.62.

Donations to The Okra Project via its fiscal sponsor Arts Business Collaborative are being made in two parts in the amounts of $44,291.10 and $7,367.69. Together, these make up a $51,658.79 donation, which along with $1,125 in direct artist donations on our behalf, constitutes a total $52,783.79 project impact in the first two rounds.

If you have any questions about how exactly money was spent or accounted for, or to donate on behalf of A4BL, please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]