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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Breonna Taylor and George Floyd Artivism Commission

Updated March 13, 2021

One year ago, Breonna Taylor was murdered by police. She was a daughter, sister, and a friend loved by many. We honor Breonna’s memory with an invitation for healing through creative expression because we know our rage alone will not save us. Rage and grief can be channeled into protest and into art that inspires and motivates us to act. Creating art is action. We call this process of protest through creation: Artivism. 


We invite Black creatives in Michigan to contribute to a virtual exhibit of artworks inspired by the global fight for racial justice in all genres including dance, theater, film, drawing, painting, poetry, music, graphic design, etc.

We invite you to explore The BREATHE Act at www.breatheact.org for inspiration. As you explore the visionary civil rights legislation of our time, imagine what our lives and communities will look like when Black people are protected, safe and thriving. 

May the dreams of our ancestors guide you as you create. 

RULES

Black artists of all ages in Michigan are eligible to submit one work. If multiple works are submitted by an artist, only one will be selected for exhibition. Only contributions submitted by April 13 will be exhibited here (blmmichigan.org) for up to one year. 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Recorded artwork (music, dance, theatrical, spoken work, etc) should be no longer than 5 minutes.

 

All submissions must be accompanied by a video biography of the artist.


FORMAT: Only PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG, JPEG, GIF files are supported (files that exceed 16MB as well as audio and video formats must be submitted via email or a link to download the artwork)

HOW TO SUBMIT - DEADLINE APRIL 13, 11:59PM

The submission form will be available starting April 2, 2021. Once it is, you can upload your artwork there. Entries may also be submitted to: artivism@blmmichigan.org


All entries must be received by April 13, 11:59pm

VOTING

Voting will be open from April 15-18 on Facebook and on this website (blmmichigan.org)

THE COMMISSION

Five contributing artists will be commissioned by vote of Black Lives Matter Michigan social media followers and awarded $1000 each to create a new work of art. Commissioned artwork must be received by May 20 and will be featured in BLM Michigan communications over the next year. By accepting the commission, artists grant Black Lives Matter Michigan the rights to reproduce and distribute their credited artwork.

QUESTIONS? Please direct to: artivism@blmmichigan.org

 

Our Demands in  Michigan

DEFUND POLICE

We demand the police be defunded because they have never protected Black people. There is huge difference between policing and public safety.

INVEST IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

We demand reinvestment in what our communities actually need -- safety infrastructures created with the community, quality health and wellness, educational opportunities, great jobs that support families, and good, affordable housing.

RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH PANDEMIC

Declare a public health crisis in the state of Michigan. We need to name the effects of racism on healthcare, public health, environment and the justice system and we are committed to moving policy to name and address it.

BLM MICHIGAN PRIORITIES

DEMILITARIZE SCHOOLS

Black students say that police in schools do not make them feel safer and that they are racially profiled by police in schools.

 

Statistically, Black children are suspended, expelled and arrested at school at a much higher rate than their peers for similar infractions. Black children are more likely to experience violence at the hands of police in schools.

 

Black Lives Matter Michigan supports students, parents and teachers who are demanding fewer cops and more counselors in schools as well as curricula that promote student agency in shaping policy and systems to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

POLITICAL EDUCATION

Election 20XX is an invitation, an incitement, a call-to-action to people in Michigan to educate yourself on the issues that will affect you and your family’s future. Examine critically every candidate, envision yourself as a leader, and to be engaged deeply in transforming systems at every level of political jurisdiction. Every election matters.

What seats must be won in our communities to ensure our leaders fight for our children’s education, for keeping us safe, and provide the public services that matter most?

BAIL REFORM

Black Lives Matter is a member of the Movement for Black Lives and the National Bailout Collective. One of our priorities is ending money bail so that Black people who have not been convicted of a crime are not confined in prison facilities because they cannot afford bail. Bail outs are a key component of our broader strategy to build the power of local organizations so they can implement community based support systems that replace cages.

 

Read: Why is ending money bail so important? Check out this New York Times article.

FLINT WATER CRISIS

Black Lives Matter Michigan stands with our friends and family in Flint in the ongoing fight for safe and clean drinking water.

 

People and organizations around the nation have stepped up where Governor Snyder and his administration have fallen ridiculously short in repairing the harm they caused during the state's emergency management of Flint. The State of Michigan owes Flint residents the dedication to deliver bottled water until pipes are replaced, trust is rebuilt and people have confidence that their drinking water is no longer poisoned.

 
 

 Allyship 

BLM Lansing has identified a core team of leaders to support allyship for BLM work in Michigan and beyond. Allyship learning includes understanding the Black Lives Matter movement and history as well as personal work to develop racial consciousness and reduce harm. This self work is critical to ensure white people are prepared to follow and center Black leadership when taking action for Black Liberation.

To get involved, please reach out so we can get to know you and include you in communications.

 

The link above will take you to a survey to share more about you and how you want to show up so that we know how to support you.

Questions? Reach out to the team at BLMMichiganAllyship@gmail.com

Join the BLM Michigan Facebook page for growing allyship.

 

Being a good ally starts with knowing what allyship is in support of Black LIberation and how to make allyship a lifelong practice.

 

This Facebook group will have a steady stream of learning materials and tools for constant development.

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Three Black women watched the funeral of Stephon Clark. We cried and then we began to strategize, launching Black Lives Matter Michigan to build capacity for collective action and show up for all of our Black family fighting for justice, dignity and for our lives.

 Chapters 

BLM Michigan is an official statewide chapter that is part of the national formation of chapters. BLM Michigan was created by BLM Lansing and we are building local chapters in other cities which now include Flint, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Port Huron, Washtenaw County, Saginaw, and Benton Harbor

All local chapters must go through a statewide onboarding process as well as a national onboarding process. Currently, the only official BLM chapters in Michigan are Lansing and Detroit. Kalamazoo is renewing their national chapter status as they were part of the original national chapter formation in 2013.
 

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