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Expecting Black Artists To Be Activists

If you’re a Black artist, do you need to speak about Black issues? Do you need to make “Black art” or art specifically about Blackness? Some would say we cannot afford to make art just for the sake of art. Some of us expect Black artists, particularly successful and well known Black artists, to “use their platform” and speak out about political issues or social injustice. You hear more criticisms about artists not speaking up about Black Lives Matter than we hear about politicians staying quiet about the same thing. Continue reading Expecting Black Artists To Be Activists

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10 Ways to Support Artists (& 2 Ways Not To)

Being a professional artist (trying to make a living from your art), takes courage. Especially for people of color and those who do not have a social or financial safety net, art can be risky business. One challenge of trying to make a living as an artist is one simultaneously has to become an entrepreneur – and entrepreneurship is not easy. Artists may be creative and talented, but may not always have Continue reading 10 Ways to Support Artists (& 2 Ways Not To)