Artists raising money for the Black Trans Community. All profits from R1 go to The Okra Project, a collective offering food, support and resources to Black Trans people worldwide.
Art for Black Lives allows artists to donate fine art digital prints to raise money for The Okra Project. In line with our aim to leverage the art market to redistribute resources to the Black Trans Community, each artist’s contribution is an extension of an existing exhibition of their work. This platform arose from conversations about the many ways in which current momentum in the anti-racist movement must become committed, ongoing engagement.
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.
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.
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]
Art for Black Lives is organized by Robert Franklin and Camila McHugh. Special thanks to d’mage Fine Art Print Specialists, Berlin for their generous sponsorship. Thank you for inspiration and advice to Art for Philadelphia and Chicago Art for Black Futures and with gratitude as well to Dan Solbach, Clementine Butler-Gallie, Will St. Amant and Andrew Lee.
Fiscal sponsor: Leslie Lohman Museum of Art
Printing Partner and Sponsor: d’mage Fine Art Print Specialists
All prints will be signed or accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Learn more about The Okra Project or donate directly here. For additional information on The Okra Project and its leadership, see here.
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.