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Let's Plaster the Town in Vivid Black Paint!
Vivid Black Paint provides supportive programming to Honor and Uplift Aspiring and Established Artists who identify as black, indigenous, or as persons of color and to provide welcoming space for people to smile, laugh, and be entertained with circus and art as a vital service to mental well being and social emotional development.
Vivid Black Paint is a non profit corporation and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code.
To maximize impact and reach, we may collaborate with other initiatives and entities.
Vivid Black Paint accomplishes Our Purpose through events and supportive programming for established and aspiring black artists, indigenous artists, and artists of color to provide their Creative Services to the world and build up their Supportive Networks. We also serve the community at large with joy and entertainment, primarily through art and circus.
Our Programming allows space for our artists to come together, build community, collaborate, exchange, mentor, and witness one another's art.
Vivid Black Paint will also provide career pathways, internships, and volunteer opportunities within the organization for our artists. In turn, further Deepening Vivid Black Paint’s Impact and Mission.
Projection of Need
There are currently great organizations that offer various supports for established and aspiring artists in the Twin Cities, and, support career development and mentorship (ie Springboard for the Arts, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, Summit Academy, etc). Vivid Black Paint aims to partner with these organizations for community, funding, mentorship, and capacity building.
However, where we are truly important is that not only do we focus solely on black artists, indigenous artists, and artists of color, but, we also aim to address some of the more basic “Right Now” needs, such as housing through our Community House, intended to build up our artists from where they are.
In Minnesota in particular, we often rank highest in education, health care and quality of living. However, this does not often apply to BIPOC individuals and families. When it comes to the disparities of black communities, such as North Minneapolis, they often are ranked with the greatest all around disparities in access and quality of life. It is now, in the midst of COVID closures and civil unrest, that housing and supportive programs are needed even more for our communities. Vivid Black Paint wants to begin offering a pocket of relief.
Meet Our Board!
President Matrelle Brown
Tre's favorite colors are Black and White, equal only to Red, and they want you to know that Vivid Black Paint will soon introduce you to a thriving community of creatives. They have been known to create innovative, "never too extra" props and dope dance skills.
From Tre: "I have been active in Minneapolis music and art scene since the early 2000's. I also have been involved in community based television, promoting POC artist and their goals."
Tre is looking forward to Vivid Black Paint interacting with the community at large while fostering new relationships.
One personal goal they have is to one day build and design an entire car... from scratch.
Treasurer Sam Pree-Stinson
More to Come ^_^
Secretary Lynn Lunny
Lynn's favorite colors are Orange and Purple and wants you to know that Vivid Black Paint's Pop-up Circus and first annual "Vibrant BIPOC Circus Experience," now happening Nov 1st, is what inspired her to join the board.
Lynn loves that there is work being done to give BIPOC artists space to create and
have a voice. She'd like to work in support of that.
Lynn is an established seamstress and experienced circus coach. She has
taught and performed all over the States!
From Lynn: "As an artist & coach of circus artists, I have strived to help
students create confidence and pride in their progress and work. I've
worked as a coach for the past 13 years. I absolutely love watching students
and artists grow and step into their own movement and style. I've produced
shows, helped with fundraising, and organized events."
Lynn is looking forward to the Vibrant BIPOC Circus Experience and, eventually
acquiring a building. She is so excited about the space, both physically and mentally, that will be available for BIPOC artists to create, grow, and explore.
One personal goal she has is to master a one armed handstand by the time she is 40!
Member Mick Castro
Mick's favorite colors are... All of Them!
Mick thinks that Vivid Black Paint inspires the imagery that Black
and POC communities are very vibrant communities that tell rich stories that
need to be heard and seen.
From Mick: "I have done photos for and performed for the We Must Breath Pop-
Ups over the summer. Before that I am a beginner learning aerial hammock. With painting, I actually draw mostly in inks or watercolors. I like to draw people in a cartoonish/anime style."
Mick is looking forward to this organization thriving. The mission to support and uplift
POC artists is incredibly important to provide a platform for representation, community and opportunity.
Member Latrisha Vetaw
More to Come ^_^