Black Artists – Celebrating the Creative Edge

A little bit of history … Black History Month evolved from the African American historian, Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D. in 1926. Woodson instituted the Negro History Week to celebrate the vibrant cultural achievements of African Americans. In 1975, President Gerald Ford transformed Woodson’s initiative into a month-long celebration we honor to this day, Black History Month.

From premier black-owned wineries, such as Heitz and Burgess Cellars, to contemporary artists, such as Mark Bradford, these black enterprises and entrepreneurs are unrivaled in their style, quality, and innovation. Thanks to them, we enjoy the art of good living each day.

There are many organizations and foundations focused on nurturing, educating and helping minorities, including the Roots Fund and Black Artists + Designers Guild. The Roots Fund provides 20 scholarships to those in the wine-making business, providing education and training. The Black Artists + Designers Guild is a global platform and curated collective of independent black artists, makers, and designers. There is a published trade directory along with fundraising. Supporting these organizations and others is a way to not only enhance our culture and community but also stand against racial injustice. Above are a few black-owned businesses that are paving the way.

Let us curate a program for your next recognition event or company milestone taking advantage of the creativity, quality, and innovative culture of these talented black-owned companies.

Since 1988, Diana Martin has created one-of-a-kind mementos and awards for Fortune 500 companies and private firms to recognize excellence, acknowledge board contributions and celebrate milestone events. You can reach me at 949 631 2727 x 202 or to discuss how we can help you create a remarkable experience.

(IMAGE CAPTION: Top-left, clockwise: Burgess Cellars is a hillside vineyard in Napa founded in 1972 and renown for its cabernet sauvignon; Wellness “Soul” candle is hand-poured and eco-friendly; This Fisherman’s Cove Seashell Candle is hand-blown by a master glass artist. Candle wax is eco-friendly and a non-toxic coconut blend; Ceramics inspired by the artist’s African American roots.)