This fundraiser will fund our BLKprint Roundtable series, which will explore and spread awareness about how systemic racism impacts BIPOC students in the arts and higher ed institutions. Our ultimate goal is to not only spread awareness through this series but also bring Black women together in solidarity to share their experiences of their MFA programs, provide space to dissect those issues, and, more importantly, hold space to heal.
All funds will go towards production and equipment costs, including pay to our collaborators, producers, editors, and staff working on this project with us! Please visit our website at https://www.theblkprint.net/ or our Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the_blk_print/
A little background about us:
In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, the world could no longer ignore the brutality and racism experienced by Black Americans due to the tragic events surrounding George Floyd's passing. As the world grappled with what was being brought to light and continued steps toward accountability and justice, theaters were closing in the performing arts world, and the Global Majority of citizens were left to reflect on and take action against similar systemically racist practices. Unfortunately, those practices are deeply embedded across Broadway, in theater companies, and in institutions, many Black creatives studied to cultivate their talents. As a result, Black and other BIPOC creatives across the country began rallying a call to action to hold creative institutions and their gatekeepers accountable for upholding supremacist practices that silenced BIPOC creativity and voices.
Brittaney, joined by Melissa and Marcella, organized and executed a two-week town hall series to hold their alma matter accountable, whether known or not, for the damage caused by having such values and practices. From there, Jalissa joined, the group of four Black women formally banded together, and the BLKprint was formed.