Art For Change. Recently, the deaths of Black individuals such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, all at the hands of either police officers or white people within the past few months, have resulted in a renewed amount of anger, grief, and continued calls for both accountability and justice from millions across the country. This type of violence against the Black community is, unfortunately, not new; however, the recent deaths have resulted in protests against police brutality taking place throughout the United States over the past week.
Throughout this time, images of more fond memories have been shared by the families and friends of the deceased resulting in artists turning these photos into both illustrations and various types of mixed media works. These works of art are important due to the fact that they are designed to bring awareness to those lives that have been taken prematurely and unfairly. Additionally, they also offer a refuge from all of the pain and suffering that many of these individuals' friends and family members experience as a result, despite how small that refuge itself may be.
The art being created throughout the Black Lives Matter movement has become a huge part of expressing, educating, commemorating, grieving, and impacting people all over the country. Please continue to share these artists’ work in order to support the Black community as well as the art community. And in doing so, it is important to show up for the Black community and call out racism, both with your actions and your words.
Below we have attached some of the artwork that has been circling during this time from local Austin artists as well as artists from all over the country.
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