With many of us restricting our enjoyment of so many social outlets, it’s become increasingly important for IPaintMyMind to mobilize efficient and impactful ways of connecting the communities we work with through our Get Art, Give Back model. This is exactly why our focus for these T-shirt releases is the nexus of art and activism. It’s where creativity and expression blend with a vision for the future for all of us, not just one stretched canvas.
Since our rebrand in 2018 we’ve launched a few pieces of merch, our original EQT shirt and hoodie, as well as our Support Chicago Schools effort. For each of those, we worked with Jason Teegarden-Downs of Delicious Design League to reassign the great art they created for their alphabet series a few years back for our Equality, Creativity, Collaboration t-shirt.
It turned out perfectly with the help of our friends at 608 Threads in Madison, WI as well as our new on-demand t-shirt fundraising store on Bonfire.com. And this year, we’ve honed in on that with our Equity, Creativity, Collaboration T’s and Hoodies and well as our black variant on the theme.
Those projects, as well as our print release with Sam Kirk and Grae Rosa earlier this year, made it clear that there was room to connect through more art releases that would give our artists, clients, schools, and supporters, something creative and impactful to be a part of, even if it’s just from your home.
As a result we’ve begun to release t-shirts and hoodies in collaboration with our artist-friends to not only help fund our work, but also to overlap with other great local organizations deserving of support. This falls perfectly into line with the Impact Advisory work our Board of Directors and leadership are engaged in right now, as we continue to work to be the type of organization we want to see in the world.
Luckily, the incredibly talented artists we work with make it increasingly easy for us to play our role as connector, and as someone who loves to take a spark and turn it into something real, we saw some cool opportunities to collaborate in a way that helps fund our FREE art programs in underestimated communities, but also helps the artists we work with earn, while giving the public cool, comfy gear to show the values we share.
As such we’ll be releasing the two projects you can read about below, as well as other fun releases that are in the works.
You can access all our Art Merch Releases by visiting our Bonfire Store or by hovering over Get Involved in our Main Menu and clicking on ‘T-Shirts & Hoodies.’
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