Happy Juneteenth!

colorful painted mural on a wall with flowers and text reading: 'heal, invest, uplift our community'
Mural by Creatives After Curfew, 38th & Chicago, Minneapolis; Photo: James Orione


Happy Juneteenth to our Black neighbors, family and friends! We wish you healing celebrations on this important day.


White folks: if you’re asking how you can celebrate Juneteenth, today’s a great day to make a donation to Black-led organizations. In this moment our city is not only considering how it will rebuild its physical structures, but also how we will reshape our social fabric towards equity and justice. Artists – especially Black artists – are essential visionaries in this process. We encourage the support of Black artists and Black-led arts organizations at this time.


We’ve assembled a list of organizations you can support locally (see below!). We hope you spend some time to become familiar with them, and make a financial contribution if you’re able.


We also encourage reading more about reparations. We recommend  this article from Jameelah Nasheed / Teen Vogue and this one from Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic.


Black art matters. Black stories matter. Black lives matter.


Much love,

Erin and Arlo
Art Shanty Projects Co-Directors


LIST OF MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BLACK-LED ARTS ORGANIZATIONS* TO SUPPORT:

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions

Arts-US 

Blackout Improv  

Black Storytellers Alliance 

Black Table Arts

Black Women Speak

BLAQ

Brownbody Productions

Carlyle Brown & Company

Catalyst Arts

Cedar Cultural Center

Climb Theatre

Contempo Physical Dance  

Dark Muse Performing Arts 

Duniya Drum and Dance 

Free Black Dirt

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

Heart and Soul Drum Academy

In Black Ink

Juxtaposition Arts 

Maia Maiden Productions

Million Artist Movement

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

Mosaic on a Stick 

New Dawn Theatre 

Obsidian Arts

Penumbra Theatre Company 

Pillsbury House Theatre

SHAPESHIFT

Soomaal House of Art

Somali Museum of Minnesota

Sounds of Blackness

Threads Dance Project

Truartspeaks

Tru Ruts

TU Dance 

Underdog Theatre

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance

Walker|West Academy

Yo Mama’s House

*if you work for a local Black-led arts organization and you’re not on this list, let us know! Email program@artshantyprojects.org and we’ll add you!