Creatives shape the cultural landscape we live in. It matters who gets to make those big decisions. Here are the communities paving a new way for Black creatives.
We believe in putting more power back in the hands of the people doing the work to make real, lasting change. This Black History Month, we’re grateful for our collaborators who are building spaces for Black creativity, healing, and community. Forget about a seat at the table. These organizations and collectives are building the whole table itself for Black creatives.
All Black Creatives
All Black Creatives is a community dedicated to uplifting black creatives and freelancers. Founded by Danielle Elise and Darren Jackson, the collective hosts creative chats, helps provide grants, organizes giveaways, and so much more. In 2020, they provided over 200 creatives with free UX classes through partnership with Adobe.
The Creative Collective NYC
The Creative Collective NYC is a community and creative agency dedicated to curating Brave Spaces for creatives of color. Founded by Imani Ellis, The CCNYC brings career insights and resources to creatives of color. Home of CultureCon and The Creative Curriculum, the collective curates spaces for learning, collaboration, and building new horizons together. Grab your seat for Creative Curriculum 2021, happening March 13th, 2021.
Founder and CEO Naj Austin took inspiration from her grandmother’s central role in a tight-knit Black community to build Ethel’s Club. Ethel’s creates healing spaces that center and celebrate people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity. Designed for intention and healing, Ethel’s curates inspiring and rejuvenating events and resources for a growing community.
Founded in 2016, Mimconnect began as an idea to help professionals of color in the media industry connect with one another. CEO Netta Dobbins built this platform to bring real impact to creatives of color working in media. Today, Mimconnect reaches thousands of professionals across the U.S., Toronto and London, and focuses on helping them navigate their careers through an always-on digital community, workshops and masterclasses, access to career coaches, and more.
#blkcreatives (pronounced hashtag Black creatives) was created by Melissa Kimble to uplift Black creatives by providing the support they need to build the future they want for themselves and the next generation. #blkcreatives offers a curated job board, resources around mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing, and more.
Valence creates new paths to success for Black professionals. Despite an increasing focus on representation across industries, only 3% of Silicon Valley’s workforce population is Black, there are 3 Black CEOs in the Fortune 500, and only 0.0006% of tech venture funding goes to Black female founders. Valence works to provide resources and community to current and future generations of Black business professionals.
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