We run two main initiatives: our mentorship opportunity, where we pair adult artists of color with teen artists of color to create or workshop a piece, and our online content, which includes blog articles, social media campaigns, and our Refocus web-series. Click here to apply to any of these opportunities.
Additionally, we also collaborate with other organizations (see below) and run chapter programs. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media to stay updated!
Once a year, we host mentorship sessions for up to fifteen teen artists of color; these teens will be tasked with creating an interdisciplinary piece for a live showcase. Mentorships will be led by adult artists of color and will run for three hours a week for five weeks. We hope this program highlights our participants' artistry and abilities while simultaneously providing teen artists of color with a space where they can be themselves, receive mentorship from a professional artist of color, and learn more about what life as a working artist looks like. This year, we are co-producing our mentorship opportunity with Seattle's TeenTix.
Our blog content allows teens to learn more about what an art career can look like and how artists of color are shaping the world. We interview adult artists of color, review race-related shows, and comment on trends we see in the arts. We also present a bimonthly social media campaign featuring teen artists of color. Additionally, we produce Refocus, a bimonthly web-series featuring teen artists of color. In each video, we interview a 13 - 19 year old to learn more about their artmaking and experience as an artist of color. Through these videos, we hope to provide teens of color with role models and peers who are committed to breaking stereotypes in the arts community.
We are working with Siblíní Journal to produce a micro-issue featuring the work of artists of color. Learn more about how to submit your work here!
We collaborated Our Voice, a club that hosts in-person concerts at senior homes, to bring four virtual concerts to the elderly over the summer of 2020. Our concerts were sent to 30+ senior homes and featured 25+ artists!