Jaime Patterson | June 2020
Amplifying Artists and
Musicians of Color
Unable to remain silent any longer, artists across the US are using their work as avenues into the topics of race and racism. Visual artists, dancers, musicians, and actors are taking to social media and the streets in an effort to speak out and speak up.
The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM is taking this moment not only to listen and learn, but to amplify. It’s not our job to speak. But we do have a platform that can be used to lift up other voices that need to be heard.
Here are some of the black artists, musicians and poets who are using their various art forms to express what is, many times, emotions beyond words. Click their links, follow their stories, and continue to learn and take action.
@sanfordbiggers – Sanford doesn’t shy away from a difficult conversation. In fact, he uses visual and performing arts to help spark challenging discussions.
@devinwesleyy– Devin is a portrait artist. “Is my soul different from yours?… If your answer is no, then I shouldn’t be treated differently than you.”
@adajacooper – Adaja shares process videos of her art, most notably of George Floyd.
@loharris_art – She’s tired, but she’s still creating art because that is where her loudest voice lies. Check out illustrator and animator Lo Harris’ posts on keeping the course.
@dontcallmespiritual – Poet Unyque Daniel has captured a lot of attention with her poem “untitled.” In her profile, she also shares a #blacklivesmatter document on where to sign petitions and/or donate to legit BLM causes.
@mcgillclarinet – Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard School faculty, Anthony McGill shares a haunting rendition of “America”. In the post, he shares that “This normal isn’t new” and urges people to #taketwoknees to put a spotlight on the evil running rampant.
@lizzobeeating – “There’s not a lot you can say to make things better. There is a lot of things you can say to make things worse.”
Additional Resources and Activists
Having the “race” talk with your children is an uncomfortable conversation. Here are 26 books that can help support you through a very difficult talk.
Democracy needs a new soundtrack. Until the end of the month (June 2020), you can create and submit your new anthem to be used by the partner organizations of Songs for Good, which include RepresentUs, March For Our Lives and Zero Hour. It may also be used for strategic actions leading up to the November 2020 General Election, and be professionally produced as both an audio track and a music video.
There are so many people we are learning from and we so appreciate the value they are sharing. Please go and read the lessons being taught by these incredible teachers as a beginning:
Mireille Cassandra Harper – @mireillecharper