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Artists are central to social change. Art makes people think, feel, or act a different way. Artists have always played a key role in social movements, addressing issues from sexism to racism to immigration. Art is pure when its message is not coerced into being someone else's because someone else’s message can become someone’s new-found realization. Through art’s expressive nature the artist challenges cultural narrative to invoke and inspire in ways typical political messaging can not. Art can only create effective social change when it comes from diverse voices.


The Black Art Futures Fund is an organization voicing and harnessing the power of black artists.


Mission

Black Art Futures is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture.

Vision

  1. Grow future philanthropists by providing a structured community to understand the importance of generous contributions to community-centered artists and arts & culture organizations.

  2. Provide impactful general operating grants to those artists and organizations in an effort to stabilize, validate, introduce to future philanthropists, and support the future of their work.

https://www.blackartfutures.org/


Abstract Artist Jules Edelmann is donating a portion of profits from her line to the Black Artist Futures Fund to contribute to the preservation and prominence of Black arts & culture. Abstract Artwear is a community that values representation in art and beyond.


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"This is inspired by Rene Magritte’s “This is not a pipe” drawing; my depiction is replaced with a cowboy hat instead. I have always been really interested in Magritte’s drawing and the thought processes behind it. I got into creating black and white pen drawings, and when I looked down at the cowboy hat floating in the middle of the white paper, Magritte’s drawing automatically came to mind. I decided to make an homage to his work." - je


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"I like to use a cowboy hat to represent myself in paintings, as if the cowboy hat is a character. It shows up in a lot of my recent work. I bought a cowboy hat to wear to a formal as a joke, and I ended up wearing it a lot more than I expected to, especially around my apartment; one could say I’ve grown sentimentally attached to it. It’s such a simple object, but when I make paintings about it, the first question anyone asks is, 'what is the cowboy hat for?' - je


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