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, handmade drawings and messages 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 with partnerships with The ColorWheel Gallery, Homespun, Mayer Arts Dance Studio, Minneapolis Children’s March and St. Joan of Arc Church.
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? You can be a public collection site where anyone can drop off a box such as Homespun or The ColorWheel Gallery. You can also be a group collection partner, collecting boxes from within your group such as your neighborhood or workplace but not collecting boxes from the public. Group partners include Mayer Arts Dance Studio and St. Joan of Arc Church. Please email Amelia@EmergencyArts.net for more information.
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 a public collection site Homespun OR The Color Wheel Gallery OR during Minneapolis Children’s March
- Drop off boxes at Homespun at 2709 East 38th Street, Minneapolis. Please check Homespun’s website for drop off/store hours anytime before September 1, 2020.
- Drop off boxes at The ColorWheel Gallery at 319 W 46th St (46th & Grand), Minneapolis. Please check The ColorWheel Gallery’s website for drop off hours anytime before September 1, 2020.
- Drop off boxes during the Minneapolis Children’s March on August 29, 2020 from 9:00-9:30 am in parking lot of First Free Church, 5150 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis where the march begins or from 11:00 am – Noon at Phelps Field Park 701 E 39th St, Minneapolis where the rally will take place.
- 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.
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