We Stand Behind our African American Community

Dear Friends,

During this incredible week of loss and suffering in our country, we are holding the African American community in our hearts and our prayers. We can’t begin to understand the pain and trauma being experienced once again by African Americans over the senseless loss of more innocent black lives. We feel deep sadness that institutionalized racism and injustice
continue to exist in this country.

To our Black colleagues, artists, board members, donors, visitors, and community members – we want you to know that we stand with you.

There is so much work to be done to eliminate racism and promote equity within this country. We all can do our part and use our platforms, networks, and influence to make a difference. We need to step up and not be silent. We must all speak up for what is right and ask our friends, family members, and colleagues to do the same. When we stand together, and are united in our efforts, great change is possible.

Finally, because the African American community has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as well, we ask you to consider contributing to Black-led arts organizations, Black-owned businesses, churches, community organizations, and foundations such as the Poise Foundation in Pittsburgh.

Thank you in advance for taking immediate action to show your support and solidarity during this difficult time and for your belief in the principles on which our country was founded, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – are unalienable rights for ALL of us.

Janet L. McCall, Executive Director
Susan Golomb, Board Chair
and the Board and staff of Contemporary Craft

What you can do:

“I felt compelled to create this sculpture [Future Deferred]. It was conceived in the wake of the deaths of Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice. I created a large head in the likeness of one of my favorite students and my son. The figure’s expression, is one of determination and stature. Sgrafitto tattoos of Jordan Davis and Michael Brown are on the neck. In the verso of the head is a small hooded figure of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice. All their deaths hit me on a personal level. My pieces are bold, weighty, a little disconcerting and reflective of what is occurring in our society.”

Janathel Shaw
An artist,
a Black mother,
a Black woman,
a feminist,
and an activist.