Emergency Arts Boxes
Art helps us work through grief, loss and trauma. Art can help us process and express our thoughts, feelings and experiences, create meaning and to build connections. Emergency Arts Boxes are filled with art supplies that will be distributed to people devastated by the killing of George Floyd and impacted by the public health issue of racism in Minneapolis.
This project is made possible in partnership with Homespun, a Minneapolis gift shop offering unique gifts for everyone in your life. Everything in store is designed or made in Minnesota.
Donate a Box
Donate to Build-A-Box at Homespun.
Contribute to Emergency Arts
Contribute funds to support Emergency Arts. Funds will be utilized to support the operations of Emergency Arts.
Note: Contributions are not tax deductible as Emergency Arts is not a 501c3.
Become a Collection Site Partner
We need you! Can you serve as a central place to spread the word, communicate and collect boxes from your neighbors, workplace, church, business, group, organizations or others in your network? If so, please email Amelia@EmergencyArts.net today!
Pack a Box
1. Find a Box or Shoe Box
- Cardboard or plastic average sized shoe box.
2. Pack Box with Art Supplies
- Pack new, packaged and unopened art supplies.
- Pack your boxes with intention and care. The experience of opening the box should communicate respect, creativity and solidarity.
- Pack boxes with any or all art supplies:
- Colored pencils
- Manual pencil sharpener
- Glue stick
- Blank construction paper
- Blank notebooks
- Blank sketchpad
- Paints and brushes
- Watercolor set
- Air dry clay
3. Create Art or a Message and Place Inside the Box
- Draw, write, or create something with a message of hope, solidarity, and justice:
- Justice for George Floyd
- We stand with you
- We will not be silent
4. Drop Off your Box at Homespun
- Drop off boxes at Homespun at 2709 East 38th Street, Minneapolis. Please check Homespun’s website for drop off/store hours.
- Please practice all safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks. We care for the health of our communities and we are looking out for our most vulnerable community members when we take these simple precautions.
Spread the Word
Share this page with family, friends, organizations and more. We are looking for corporate sponsors, collection site partners and organizational partners. Please contact Amelia@EmergencyArts.net with any ideas, questions or contributions.
THANK YOU to the many people who gave their time, funds and care to create Emergency Arts Boxes to support people devastated by the killing of George Floyd and the public health emergency of racism.
From June 8-12, 2020 we were able to share a call, collect and distribute 153 Emergency Arts Boxes at 38th and Chicago/George Floyd Ave and New Creation Baptist Church food shelf.