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'Hawai‘i Artists for Racial Justice' Raise Money for Black Lives Matter Movement

These 17 Hawai‘i artists are using their talents to spread awareness about human rights and racial justice.

Artists across the state are coming together under the banner of “Hawai‘i Arists for Racial Justice” to raise money and awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement, which saw a resurgence in public visibility due to protests ignited last week after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man from Minneapolis.

Proceeds from this ongoing online event will benefit organizations such as NAACP and Black Visions Collective.

Here are some of the artists participating in “Hawai‘i Artists for Racial Justice.” Originally, the collective planned to donate 100% of all proceeds of any artwork bought within 24 hours to the causes listed above, but some will continue to donate their proceeds until Friday.

1. Punky Aloha Studio/Shar Tuiasoa

“Creating awareness is one part of the puzzle. Using our abilities and platforms is one part of the puzzle. But I think doing the hard work is what will make a real change.” (via Instagram)

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Black Lives Matter. To remain silent is to be complicit. I want to extend my support to our Black brother and sisters. I am not going to tell anyone what to do with their anger and how to express it. I don’t know how to best express myself if not through art, so please accept this illustration as a love letter, a promise, and an unwavering contract of support from this Pasifika woman ally to the black community. Together we will seek justice and reform for a system that that was built to oppress. I’m listening and I see you. . . . This artwork is inspired by the incredible artwork of @laetitiaky . . #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #sayhisname #sayhername #pasifikaforblacklivesmatter #representationmatters @blklivesmatter

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2. Kat Reeder

3. Christie Shinn

4. Margaret Rice

5. Kim Sielbeck

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My artwork lives in a world I would like to exist. In this world, joy is being felt by people of all colors, shapes, sizes. Colors are bright, this place is safe, it’s comforting, invites imagination, it accepts you. Love is the glue. In reality, we live in a world where George Floyd was murdered because of the color of his skin. Ahmaud Arbery was murdered because of the color of his skin. Breonna Taylor was murdered because of the color of her skin. The list started hundreds of years ago, goes on and on, and will continue to grow if unchecked. It’s way past time to do something. Let’s actively and loudly fight together against racism and against the ways we’ve been taught to hate. Learn. Read. Donate. Listen to POC. Have uncomfortable conversations with your friends and family. Donate to @mnfreedomfund @naacp @colorofchange. Text FLOYD to 55156. Follow @privtoprog. @jane_mount compiled a list of anti-racism books. If you’re reposting or liking this, please take it a step further and act. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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6. Ashley Kaase

7. Lauren Roth

8. Sarah Caudle

9. Sheila Chen

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Win a 5x7 #impawsto! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 . INSPIRATIONAL PET MEME CONTEST! In light of the heavy 💩 this week, I thought we could all use the emotional support of our furbabies. . How to enter: 1) upload a photo of your furbaby into your stories 2) type an inspirational/motivational quote around the photo 3) tag @sheilachenart in your story and make sure your account is public or else I will not see it. . You have 24 hrs to enter. 16 contestants will make it to the first round, two will win! . . This also means #impawstos are coming back for Flash Friday Sales (6/5)! $50//bright or neutral colored 5x7 pet portrait $75//two pets in one portrait $25 of every order next week will be donated to the @naacp. #blacklivesmatter.

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10. Nick Kuchar

11. Janet Meinke-Lau

12. Nicole Nakata

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Getting back into my landscapes with some larger paintings. This one has been a work in progress for like the past 6 months and is a dramatic rendition of the Koolaus from Manoa (minus all of the houses). A lot has changed in the world and my mood and life since I started painting the sky. I felt unproductive for so long, but life happens and I think it makes art more interesting when there’s a story behind the making. I’m not here to churn out paintings. Fun fact, masking tape gets gummy after 6 months of sitting in my window in the sun...hence the deckled edges (which to be honest I kind of love) . . . #hawaiiwatercolorsociety #hilife #luckywelivehawaii #inspiredbynature #watercolor #aquarelle #mountainart #sheexplores #betteroutside #makersmovement #exploreandcreate #outdoorwomen #wearethemakers

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13. Bree Poort

14. Boz Schurr

15. Kate Wadsworth

16. Jenna Wellein

17. Lindsay Wilkins