Based throughout a nationwide dialog about racial injustice final yr, Where Are The Black Designers (WATBD) is a volunteer-run, non-profit advocacy group that goals to help and elevate Black designers, join members of the neighborhood, together with creatives, inventive leaders, and educators, and host dialogue on change each out and in of the design trade by means of annual conferences.
In its second yr, the WATBD Conference returns later this month for 2 days, June 25-Twenty sixth, with Design and Organizing for Black Liberation because the occasion’s theme. Subjects mentioned embody Friction inside the Spectrum and Intersection of Blackness, Recruiting because the Gatekeeper of White Supremacy, and Violent vs. Non-Violent Allyship. Audio system embody Naj Austin, Timothy Bardlavens, Maurice Cherry, Mac Collins, Aaron Draplin, Cheryl D. Holmes Miller, Raja Schaar, Omari Souza, Forest Young, and extra.
For the reason that inaugural convention, WATBD has grown right into a 7,000+ stong Slack neighborhood, has hosted smaller occasions and talks, and has labored along with manufacturers and corporations to showcase and spotlight Black members of the inventive neighborhood.
“An estimated 3% of designers are Black. We need to change that. We’ll all the time preserve asking the query, however we’re proud to say to firms ‘Right here’s a ton of them. Rent them,’” Mitzi Okou, co-founder of WATBD, stated through e-mail.
The WATBD 2021 convention will return in a digital format, attendance is free, and organizers welcome all Black and ally members of the design neighborhood. Join and be taught extra at WATBD.org/2021.
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