Every year, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on March 21. In 1960, this was the date when police opened fire at a peaceful anti-Apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa—killing 69 people. In recognition of this day and in support of its own work for racial equity, Creative Reaction Lab is launching the second year of the Artwork for Equity Advocacy Campaign & Fundraiser.


2019 CALL FOR ARTISTS/DESIGNERS

Selected artists, designers and illustrators will produce original art promoting inclusion, equity, liberation, and justice for all races. We welcome all forms of art, which will be highlighted in two ways for this year’s campaign:

 

1. pieces that can be replicated in poster and postcard form to be nationally distributed through a national advocacy campaign (see 2017 Artwork for Equity selections below for reference). This work will also be displayed on our website and social media with artist bio and description for the year to follow.

 

2. pieces that will be displayed and auctioned at the March 21st Artwork for Equity show in St. Louis, MO (and possibly online) for the benefit of Creative Reaction Lab’s youth programs. Once selected, artists may indicate whether they would like their work to be available for auction and if they’d like to participate in a profit-split.

APPLICATION & DECISION PROCESS

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to submit your application including name, email, phone, and bio, along with uploading 3-5 samples from your portfolio by December 5, 2018 at 5:00pm CST.

Decisions will be communicated to artists by December 17 with further instruction. Final pieces must be delivered by February 18, 2019. Please direct any questions to info@creativereactionlab.com.

Application is now closed. Stay tuned for our selection announcement!


Download your free postcards from the 2017 Artwork for Equity campaign below:

 

Diversity is Life

design by kevin schneider

Kevin Schneider is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Communications Design. As a designer, Kevin focuses on the intersection of design and service, and is constantly looking for ways to use art and design to help underprivileged communities. Understanding that art plays an important role in the quest for social justice, as it often helps individuals approach uncomfortable topics and embrace ideas that are different from their own, Kevin ultimately hopes to use his talents to work for social change. Bearing in mind art’s unique ability to transcend language and cultural barriers, Kevin strives to find a way to use art to enhance the human experience. Kevin is the former Design Associate for Creative Reaction Lab.

 
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Empathize

design by jayvn solomon

Jayvn Solomon is a multi-faceted Designer in the city of St. Louis. With an unyielding passion for creativity, social construct and positivity, he uses his skills to have a positive impact and draw his favorite cartoon characters. Jayvn is a former Creative Reaction Lab participant (Racial Equality & Police Brutality Lab; 2014) and creator of the Vibe Switch Campaign.

 
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Opposite Directions

design by oen hammonds

Oen Michael Hammonds, a designer, mentor and the Head of Design Enablement Experiences at IBM Design, has designed across the gamut—advertising, graphic, interactive and environmental. Oen's previous work with diverse clients in the consumer, business and technology industries demonstrate his ability to jump in and solve tough challenges. At IBM Design, Oen leads the Enablement education team to develop education programs and experiences for executives, software development teams and sales. In this role, Oen and his team facilitate workshops that activate participants to effectively apply IBM Design Thinking and modern work practices to build iconic products with human centered experiences. Learn more about Oen at http://www.visualnotepad.org.

 

Closed Minds

design by jayvn solomon

Jayvn Solomon is a multi-faceted Designer in the city of St. Louis. With an unyielding passion for creativity, social construct and positivity, he uses his skills to have a positive impact and draw his favorite cartoon characters. Jayvn is a former Creative Reaction Lab participant (Racial Equality & Police Brutality Lab; 2014) and creator of the Vibe Switch Campaign.

 

Judge That

design by timothy hykes

Timothy J. Hykes currently works in-house for LaunchCode, a non-profit that teaches people to code and finds them jobs. Hykes is the User Experience Designer and lead on all digital application and embedded systems. Hykes received his Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Graphic Communications from Saint Louis Community College. He continued his education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art. Hykes volunteers his time with AIGA St. Louis. He's the Vice President and assumes the office of the President in January 2018. Hykes is also a member of AIGA's National Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2016, he co-founded the Design + Diversity conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference focuses on the diversity issues in the design community. Learn more about Tim at http://timhykes.com/


Join the Creative Reaction Lab movement and write for racial rights.

Whether writing to end mass incarceration or advocating to eliminate the opportunity gap, your words have power and can make a difference. Join our Artwork for Equity Advocacy Postcard Campaign and send a message to a national or local elected official, business leader, neighbor, etc. encouraging humility and empathy.

Add your voice to our campaign today and advocate for racial equity!