With your support today, you can embolden our movement for social change!
At Studio ATAO, we build social change one relationship at a time — with the belief that all together at once, we can rally for a better tomorrow. Through the pandemic, the U.S.'s overdue racial reckoning, and this election season, we have poured our energy into refining tools and spaces for thousands of people to heal, learn, and feel empowered to act against systemic oppression.
And we are not stopping here. We are already preparing the resources to continue our advocacy beyond 2020 and into an equitable future. Will you join us, and empower thousands of more people, just like you, to action?
If you would like to join our campaign as an fundraiser and win prizes for your support, see our toolkit here with more information and resources!
Studio ATAO is a nonprofit community think-tank that creates content and experiences at the intersection of food, art, and social impact. Our mission is to inspire socially conscious individuals toward action through empathetic, vulnerable conversations and community-building.
Through participatory programming rooted in social justice principles, we synthesize community insights into resources that empower individuals to lead change in their own circles of influence. Our ultimate goal is to make social impact work relevant and accessible to everyone.
In 2020, we have reached thousands of people with our toolkits and resources, and activated hundreds more toward change through our intimate community programming, including our Experimental Salons, book clubs, and movie screenings. Read more about our impact here.
OUR 2021 PLANS:
We have big plans for 2021, and with your support, you can make them a reality:
1. Bring our Asian in America series to 5 new cities, targeting those with small Asian American populations to foster interracial solidarity
2. Begin touring HIDDEN internationally
3. Start a new series of Experimental Salons & toolkits tackling the complex relationship between gentrification and the hospitality sector
4. Debut the second version of our Toolkit for Recognizing, Disrupting, and Preventing Tokenization in Food Media with programmatic & systematic recommendations for food media organizations to move towards equitable representation
5. Complete our first industry whitepaper documenting the internal movements for creating pathways for better BIPOC representation and leadership over 12 months at 2 major food media publications
6. Develop all-new, self-paced curricula on social justice topics from our Resources Blog, such as anti-intellectualism, respectability, and the scarcity mentality
7. Spearhead a new coalition on diversity in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) world, with public panels, private Salons, and new written & audio thinkpieces; in partnership with Food + Tech Connect, Heritage Radio Network, and the Good Food Foundation
"Studio ATAO has served two key purposes for me this year:
1. As a resource. I've expanded my knowledge about tokenization and other important issues that affect food media.
2. As group therapy! The group discussions have been an incredible forum to speak with peers about many of the important and divisive topics happening in food media right now. We are all struggling with a lot of the same issues in different manifestations, and speaking with others is extremely beneficial to creating stronger and more inclusive brands."
— Carey Polis, Media Consultant & Interim Executive Editor at The Kitchn
Thank you for joining us, all together at once, for social change!
With lots of love,
Jenny, Matt, Karen, Edric, Claire, and Emily
All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Studio ATAO's EIN is 82-2171680.