The New Gallery (TNG) is proud to join Untitled Art Society in an #ActionRecipe campaign (concept by Jamison Clark) to write our local politicians. TNG is committing an additional donation of $10 to recognize each phone call and letter-writing action, to a total contribution of $1780. This amount, which includes contributions from TNG’s Board and staff, will be donated to the Calgary Black Empowerment Fund.
Please click the link below for resources to help you find your elected officials, and letter templates:
Rest in power Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and all others who have lost their lives to police brutality and white supremacy.
Black lives matter. The past week’s tragic events were only the most recent in the ongoing attack on Black bodies. It is our collective responsibility to keep our communities safe, and to protect Black lives. While The New Gallery is mandated to share artwork that is socially relevant and politically informed, in critical moments like this it is our responsibility to do more than present art to our communities. Our privilege as an institution means that we must use our capacity and our platform to share information, provide support, and encourage direct action.
It is crucial that we, as Canadians, recognize that this system of police brutality is not isolated to our neighbours down south, and that this country’s colonial history and present state are inextricable from continued structural violence towards marginalized folk. We will be sharing local BLM events and resources in support of Black Canadians and anti-racism efforts, and encourage non-Black folk to take the time to educate themselves, speak out against racism and white supremacy, and share resources to support the BLM movement, including publicly shared lists of resources which direct you towards BLM petitions, fundraisers, and educational tools.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a related event or information you would like our organization to share.
BLM Canada Resource List
BLM Resource List