Bloomie’s and the arts stand up for social justice

Through Feb. 28, Bloomingdale’s “Shop for Good” initiative supports ABT RISE, the Black Artists + Designers Guild and the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Meanwhile, ArtsWestchester announces a major new social justice grants program, “Voices for Change.”

The time has come to address inequity in this country with actions as well as words. Two well-known organizations are doing just that.

Through Feb. 28, Bloomingdale’s “Shop for Good” initiative supports cultural organizations that promote diversity and inclusivity. They include the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., the Black Artists + Designers Guild and American Ballet Theatre’s ABT RISE (Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence), fostering diversity throughout the ballet company. How you can help:

  1. Purchase home goods, T-shirts, children’s books and more from black designers at com/shopforgood.
  2. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar when you shop in person.
  3. Make a contribution to the charity of your choice at Bloomingdales.com.

Meanwhile, ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam has announced a major new social justice grants program, “Voices for Change.” As Langsam observes in her “This and That” blog: https://www.thisandthatbyjl.com/

“In our ever-expanding environment, one thing seems certain – change. In fact, the forces that propel change are on the rise and no sector seems immune. Racial equity is long sought and overdue. Women’s rights demand attention. Can we afford free college tuition for all? Is health care a right? What can we do about hunger in America? What are our thoughts about immigration or about incarceration? Child care? Homelessness? Affordable housing?  Is climate really changing? What ails the economy? The concerns are infinite and real.

“ArtsWestchester is putting its ear to the ground, so to speak. Knowing that the arts can illuminate issues, the organization has announced three $10,000 grants to artists whose projects fit the criteria of (the) new grant program called ‘Voices for Change.’ It’s part of the organization’s effort to broaden the civic conversation. As an artist, you can elevate the discourse.  Say it in art. Or music.  Or even dance. Partner with a community organization and opt in to ‘Voices for Change. 

 To find out how to submit your proposal by the April 5 deadline, visit https://artswestchester.org/grants/voices-for-change.

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