In 2020, we witnessed a global pandemic impact the world in ways we couldn't have imagined. As a country, we experienced heightened social and political unrest to the unlawful murders of unarmed black men and women. 2020 was a pivotal year for Georgia, as the state was at the epicenter of a critical election seaon. Our projects reflect the social, economic and political climate of the time.
Black Futures Matter
The Black Futures Matter Arts and Activism action was organized by community organizers in Sumter, Glynn, Houston, and Fulton Counties in the cities of Americus, Brunswick, Perry, and Atlanta. The goal: to increase awareness and using art to move the Black Lives Matter conversation forward by naming concrete demands to end long standing oppression, violence, and institutionalized racism. The project began July 2nd, and will continued until September 2020 with collaborating artists. Demands included: “End Black Murder, End Citizen’s Arrest, End Redlining, End The industrial Prison System, and many more.”
Signs of Solidarity
In response to the injustices against the black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and many more before them, "In this together" aims to raise funds for the Atlanta Solidarity Fund whose mission is to support people in Atlanta who have been arrested for taking action against social injustice. TILA Studios joined forces with the Living Walls project, "Signs of Solidarity" to bring "In This Together"; an extension of the “Signs of Solidarity” project. We worked Erica Chisolm and Aaron Trimar, to create a "Sign of Solidarity". These signs encouraged our community to stand together against hate and the marginalization of Black Americans.
Count every vote
The Coalition of GA/ATL orgs joined forces to hold election officials accountable which included SURJ Atlanta in partnership with New Georgia Project, Fair Fight, Black Voters Matter, Working Families Party, Common Cause, Progress Georgia, and All Voting is Local. TILA Studios created a public mural that asks to ‘Count Every Vote; Every Vote Matters," that served accountability wall for Georgia election officials and a commitment wall to the people of Georgia that their voices counted during the November 3rd election.
Bolster & bloom
BOLSTER & BLOOM was a one-day pop up market experience held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 that provided Black Women Artists with pre-made curated gift bags of wellness items, feminine hygiene products and art supplies based on their mediums and disciplines. The market was also open for additional shopping of free produce, books and additional art supplies. Thank you to Goodr Co, Squam Arts, The Village Market, Love Ground Candles, Divine Arte, P. Sherrod Co. the 40+ Donors who made the market possible.