Resources

The MAP Fund is committed to anti-racist practices that explicitly address and dismantle anti-Blackness (both personal and organizational) and that further personal and structural change. This list is a snapshot of resources that, while by no means sufficient in addressing the vast injustices that permeate arts philanthropy and the world at large, are helpful sources informing MAP’s ongoing learning and actions. Resources highlighted in yellow indicate Black artists and/or leadership:

  • adrienne maree brown’s list of Books That Changed Me in Big Or Small Ways – adrienne maree brown is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula. This list of her “Transformative Books” is ever-growing and includes books categorized by science fiction, wisdom, and politicizing personal story/narrative.
  • AmbitioUS Resource list – AmbitioUS is a CCI initiative focused on reimagined and alternative ways that artists and cultural communities can achieve financial freedom. Their resource list covers activities and sources at the intersection of Alternative Economy efforts, economic and social transformations of communities of color, and involvement of artists working towards sustainable financial opportunities.
  • Anti-racism resources for white people and parents who are deepening their anti-racism work, including books and articles to read, podcasts to listen to, videos, films, and tv to watch, and organizations to follow and support. (h/t The Laundromat Project for sharing!)
  • Bail Funds is a comprehensive list of national and state-specific bail funds, all verified by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). 
  • #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
  • Black Lives Matter – Translated is a crowdsourced repository of materials in Asian & Pacific Islander diasporic languages to help navigate difficult discussions about Black Lives Matter, anti-blackness, Black history, immigration history, and police/state-sanctioned violence with our families and communities. This resource was compiled by the pan-Asian organization NAPAWF*NYC.
  • The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC) is the only national organization led by Black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience. BTAC advocates for health, housing, and employment equality, and is currently providing the transgender community rapid response funds through the Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response program.
  • Creating New Futures is an arts worker-driven effort speaking to the dance  and performance field in what is called the United States. This document is very much in process, and the Phase 1 working group that produced the first draft is hosting ongoing conversations on Facebook and elsewhere as Phase 2 takes shape. 
  • The Lakota People’s Law Project partners with Native communities to protect sacred lands, safeguard human rights, promote sustainability, reunite indigenous families, and much more and is dedicated to reversing the slow genocide of the Lakota People and destruction of their culture.
  • The Lenape Center promotes the history and culture of the Lenape people (also known as Delaware Indians) through the arts, humanities, social identity, and environmental activism. 
  • Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities.
  • The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. M4BL has incredible resources, from their Week of Action in Defense of Black Lives to their 2020 rapid response demands around the rights of protestors and COVID-19 relief. 
  • Mutual Aid Hub is a comprehensive, searchable database/map of mutual aid networks and other community self-support projects in the U.S. You can use the map to reach out directly to groups near you to get involved, offer resources, or submit needs requests.
  • The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by providing free home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and bringing resources to Black Trans People. 
  • The Rising Majority is a Black and people of color led coalition committed to opposing the ravages of racial capitalism, settler colonialism, white supremacy and patriarchy. The coalition seeks to develop a collective strategy and shared practice that will involve labor, youth, abolition, immigrant rights, climate change, feminist, anti-war/anti-imperialist, and economic justice forces in order to amplify their collective power and to build alignment across their movements.
  • Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources, specifically tailored towards white folks becoming allies and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible and are continually updated. 
  • ShoppeBlack, founded by husband and wife team, Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis, is a company creating and curating content related to Black business ownership and Black culture in the global diaspora. Looking to support Black-owned businesses? Start here. 
  • We See You, White American Theater is a collective of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) theatremakers who came together to address the scope and pervasiveness of anti-Blackness and racism in the American theater. We recommend starting with their testimonial letter, “DEAR WHITE AMERICAN THEATER”, collectively crafted by theatremakers from across the country, exposing the indignities and racism that BIPOC, and in particular Black theatremakers, face on a day-to-day basis in the theater industry.

Do you have suggestions for this list, or have questions or thoughts about what we’ve included so far? Email us at mapinfo@mapfund.org