These are the names of just a few of the black people murdered in the last month, casualties of systemic racism and the same anti-blackness that has plagued our society since day one. Their deaths along with the many, many, too many others before them have sparked protests in over 135 cities across the U.S., including my home, Pittsburgh. So proud of yinz.
I'm not going to make it pretty: I am outraged. You should be too. And while I have a lot to say (a lot), I've been working at doing more listening and learning than preaching. I will not tell you how to express your anger, but this is how I am using mine. I am hoping you can help.
When searching for local organizations that support the Black Lives Matter movement and current BLM initatives in our communities, I was told to check out 1Hood Media.
1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who use art to raise awareness. They are a Pittsburgh-based non-profit with a mission to build liberated communities through art, education and social justice. But something super important to me personally, and to our future at large, is their work with young people—inspiring, teaching, giving them a vital platform to express themselves.
Art really can save the world. I swear. ✨
Please do check out 1Hood Media at www.1hood.org.
DONATE + WIN
I designed and created a unique stained glass panel just for this fundraiser. You can win this original 5" x 8"piece by donating. Every $10 you donate counts as one entry.
HOW TO WIN
A winner will be chosen at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 13th, Since it is for donation, I'll be trying to raise as much money as I can for this cause. The winner will be selected by a random number generator.
Don't forget to include your name and check your email. I will announce the winner on Sunday, June 14th, as a campaign update and contact you through the platform, which will send an email your way. Also, I will be announcing the winner on social media (links below). No worries: I will not be giving out your contact info or anything like that.
If I can't get in touch with you in a reasonable time frame, I will have to select another winner, so keep checking for updates!
SHIPPING YOUR ART
I will cover the cost of shipping for winners within the U.S. Winners outside of the U.S. will be responsible for paying the shipping fees.
WHO AM I?
I'm Meghan Tutolo, the artist behind 1flychicken creations. Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, I make a lot of things, especially Pittsburgh themed items: stickers, greeting cards, paintings, magnets, pins, etc. But stained glass is my jam. I sell my art at market and vendor events year-round (Neighborhood Flea, I Made It! Market, Squirrel Hill Night Market and Handmade Arcade—to name a few.)
Thank you so much for helping art to make a difference. Expression is power.