Art opportunities are everywhere. Each different art avenue is a way for people to support independent artists.
This week I stumbled upon a great company and, even though we don’t typically showcase businesses, this is one who has a similar mindset of Her Blaze.
The company is called ArtistsUntold.
According to their website, “ArtistsUntold, LLC is a Black owned online retail platform that provides up-and-coming Black & underrepresented artists with the opportunity to promote and monetize their artwork through apparel and fine art sales.
Creating art is expensive enough, so we provide our platform at no cost – leaving the artist with an income stream that allows them to buy that new paint brush set, 64-inch canvas, or camera lens.”
They have similar goals as Her Blaze and we can only hope to develop into a business that gives back on so many different levels.
ArtistsUntold does more than focus on art.
“It’s important that ArtistsUntold benefits more than just the artists. We have also planted more than 3,400 trees in various regions in Africa with One Tree Planted’s Africa Initiative. The focus is on rebuilding animal habitat, restoring soil and critical watersheds, all while improving the lives of the communities who rely on the forests the most. Our planting partners promote agroforestry and educate farmers on the benefits of improved forestry practices, providing communities with sustainable sources of food, wood, and income. Click the link above to learn more about their projects and help support reforestation in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.”
Writing a blog about such an amazing art company is necessary today, especially in the wake of the protests against racism in New Jersey. It goes to show being Black-owned and minority driven is needed.
I wish I could say racism is something that is seldom. That’s just not true.
The protest in Jersey is only one recent incident. A police chief in Ohio had to resign because he put a KKK sign on a Black officer’s desk.
So, the Her Blaze family is encouraging you to reach out to ArtistUntold and show your support. It’s important to us and we hope it’s important to you, as well!
The above shirt is just one example of the amazing art showcased on their website. You can see more of the great art they provide on their Instagram page.
While you are there, check out this little Video by the founder.
I want to leave you with something perfectly said by journalist, Cheo Hodari Coker, “if you think about black art, all black art, whether it’s Invisible Man or whether it’s James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Zora Hurston, or Richard Wright, they all deal with elements of identity and trying to humanize our experience and our struggle in the world where people have been indifferent to who we are and what we are. It’s basically just saying that our lives have meaning.”