As global protests continue in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, the creative community have come together in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Some are showing support through fundraising projects, others are producing moving tributes to Floyd himself or to artwork responding to the history of violence and oppression towards black people. There are also professionals harnessing their positions to make positive moves to amplify black people in the creative industries.
This article contains examples of all of these, but we must emphasise that it is only a starting point. Our commitment to cultivate change will ensure we continue to amplify black voices to help make Creative Bloq and the creative industry as a whole a more inclusive space for black communities. We all need to triple our efforts to support black creatives, starting now.
Please feel free to get in touch with any suggestions or relevant news – we plan to keep this page regularly updated. Let's start with a list of some very worthy causes that are working right now in this fight.
Where you can donate
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Black Lives Matter
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- Show racism the red card (UK)
- Resourcing racial justice (UK)
Black Lives Matter: Fundraising projects
Artists and designers are creating work and collaborating for fundraising projects. Here are some inspirational examples.
Less than 24 hours in and you've already raised over $4000 for #BLM #BlackLivesMatter by supporting young artists of color-- AND you get a cool Skulls for Justice t-shirt! Or two! Or three! Collect them all! https://t.co/4qwY20a3S7June 10, 2020
Black Lives Matter: Portfolio reviews
A number of artists and designers have taken to social media to offer support to black artists in the form of portfolio reviews.
💗💙🤍💙💗 Black Trans Creatives 💗💙🤍💙💗To all Black Trans Feminine, Black Trans Women, Black Trans masc, Black Trans men and Black Nonbinary individuals please drop your artwork, social media, portfolios, music, even makeup art below! 👇🏾June 9, 2020
Hit me with those portfolios! https://t.co/KNnqw6t11nMay 31, 2020
Hello, I wish I could help more, but I can offer time and knowledge. I have hired concept artists in both mobile and AAA, worked on films like MCU. If any black artists would like help with a folio review (concept art), I'd be very happy to help. #drawingwhileblack DMs open pic.twitter.com/fT7z00nNSiJune 2, 2020
I just posted this on instagram & reposting here: If you are an African American artist & trying to break into SFF, I want to help. DM’s are open. Send me your email & website link & I’ll be scheduling as many 1hr portfolio reviews as I can.Thx to @ericsmithrocks for the idea pic.twitter.com/NGYvWHqJEGMay 30, 2020
Hi, I'm a director at Nickelodeon, and I'll be doing portfolio reviews for aspiring POC board artists tomorrow. I know its not much, but I want to do what I can to open up opportunities. DM me a link to your work! #BlackLivesMatterJune 1, 2020
Black Lives Matter: Hiring artists and designers
HIRING ARTISTS 🎨Freelance; Compensated 💸Looking for artsy nerds who love space ✨ to join me on a hard sci-fi adventure.▪️ Semi-realism preferred▪️ Minnesota residence pref.▪️ POC and/or LGBTQ pref. 🏳️🌈Send portfolios and request more info via DM until midnight 6/15!June 8, 2020
Hi, I oversee a team that often commissions illustrators. I am conscious that I know far fewer illustrators who are POC than not. Please send me the names & portfolios, of your fave POC illustrators! DM, Email, share this post, _however_ — email@example.comJune 5, 2020
Friends! Superbrothers has a 3D Env Art role and a Lighting role that we want to fill with POC. Please send me your portfolios and recommendations. JD here: https://t.co/Q9eSMhZ3ERJune 3, 2020
Black Lives Matter: George Floyd tributes
Below are some examples of artists across the world who have responded to the death of George Floyd, producing tributes to Floyd in support of Black Lives Matter.
For George Floyd. To donate to the Floyd family, visit:https://t.co/xd51PvAJH5To learn more about Black Lives Matter, visit:https://t.co/lBjElo4kSU#GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/9P4uhoP4fxJune 2, 2020