ABOUT

Artists raising money for the Black Trans Community. 

Art for Black Lives allows artists to donate fine art digital prints for sale, with all profits providing resource support to the Black Trans Community. Like R3, R4 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. 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: QUEER|ART, previously Pioneer Works (R3) and the Leslie Lohmann Museum of Art (R1 and R2)

Printing Partners: Rounds 1, 2 and 4 generously sponsored by d’mage Fine Art Print Specialists, Berlin, Round 3 in partnership with Chroma Center, New York 

Design: Hayley Smith and Hannah Lane

All prints from Round 1, 2 and 4 are hand-signed or accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. All prints from Round 3 are hand signed and accompanied by a blockchain-backed digital certificate of title and authenticity signed by the artist. 

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 were victim to deadly violence last year, see here.

QUEER|ART Partnership

Art for Black Lives is pleased to partner with QUEER|ART, a New York based organization creating spaces, programs, and material support structures for LGBTQ+ artists. We admire and share QUEER|ART’s mission to amplify the “voice of a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.” In addition to fiscal sponsorship, the organization has been instrumental in shaping our artist list for Round 4, connecting us with QUEER|ART|Mentorship Artists Doron Langberg and Nicole Eisenman. 

Cost Breakdown

Rounds 1 and 2 of Art for Black Lives raised a total of $53,000 for The Okra Project, while Round 3 in collaboration with Fairchain raised $50,000 for The Frances Thompson Education Foundation. Our total project impact comes from sales revenue as well as direct donations on our behalf. We want to extend a big thank you to Jenny Holzer, whose direct donation of $5000 kicked off our Round 4 fundraising.

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]