ArtsNow has announced a partnership with Summit County business The Social Dept. to show support and solidarity for local arts and culture.
The duo has launched a T-shirt series, designed by local artist and entrepreneur Andy Taray (owner of The Social Dept. & OADC / Ohioboy Art & Design Co.), in collaboration with ArtsNow.
The shirt highlights the united front in Ohio and the core belief in the power arts and culture have on a community. The graphics, using the phrase “United State of Ohio,” can also be customized to reflect specific counties in the state and purchased on apparel or used as social media graphics.
“During times of uncertainty, we want to show solidarity as a community that values arts and culture and the people who drive that work,” said Taray. “When ArtsNow, the backbone organization for arts and culture in Summit County, suggested working with us to use art and design to provide comfort and community, we jumped at the chance. We wanted to do our part in helping fellow artists make it through this mess. We know it’s a whole different ballgame to rely on your creativity to make a living.”
ArtsNow is encouraging residents to show their support by:
- Buying the shirt (customizable county-specific options available): thesocialdept.com/collections/ohio/products/arts-now-collaboration-design
- Giving to ArtsNow: If you are able, you may donate directly to ArtsNow’s efforts to support local artists by using this link: artsnow.charityproud.org/Donate/MiniCampaign/7000
- Sharing the graphic on social media (Click here for the graphic)
“The arts and culture sector has traditionally been a space for healing, documenting our shared history and providing a path forward in recovery,” said Nicole Mullet, executive director of ArtsNow. “We are proud to partner with a business so willing to lend their talents to sharing our solidarity as a community and a state.”
When you make a gift, ArtsNow will support artists through a free digital leadership series dubbed “The Dreamers & Doers,” where artists and leaders from across the region and beyond talk about creating, connecting, and leading forward together. (An anonymous donor has made the first pilot episodes possible thanks to a gift to ArtsNow.)
For nonprofits or arts and culture organizations, individual artists or gig workers, helpful resources in navigating COVID-19 can be found at ArtsNow.org/covid-19-resources/.