Art Hoe Collective has established a safe space for creatives of color. Let the Daily Fit catch you up on their latest projects.
Throughout the last five years, Art Hoe Collective has established a safe space for creatives of color. The collective, founded by a group of teenage Tumblr users, is currently curated by several visionaries who continue to empower and highlight artists of color by posting their artwork on their platform. The creation of the movement has allowed for people of color to share their personal work without fear of being judge or discredited because of their identity. Today, the collective has over 900,000 followers on Instagram and is actively working towards supporting emerging queer nonwhite artists in a variety of ways.
The Beginning of Art Hoe Collective
In August of 2015, 15-year old Mars uploaded the collective’s first ever post, describing the purpose and goal of the art hoe movement. Mars addressed the fact that although formed by queer creators of color in efforts to reclaim the term “art hoe” (coined by rapper Babbeo Baggins), the movement faced controversy because the phrase has been known to be “politically offensive.” Nevertheless, the collective promised to “eradicate the definition and make it into something more empowering” in order to spark greater social awareness and support for creators of color, establishing a welcoming space for artists who have been historically marginalized.
The Evolution of Art Hoe Collective
The collective and its movement quickly gained overwhelming and significant support from well-known artists like Amandla Stenberg and Willow Smith. In a 2016 interview with Tate Modern, both Stenberg and Mars talk about the purpose of the collective, with Stenberg pointing out that “the work of people of color has been institutionally excluded,” demonstrating the need for a space for nonwhite artists to feel comfortable and encouraged to share their artwork. Co-curator Jheyda Mc Garrell added that the space is also for people of color to “share their feelings, sexuality, bodies, and lives with [each other]” (Paper Mag, 2018).
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The collective receives and accepts multiple submissions everyday and has a set schedule for when specific mediums will be posted. Art Hoe Collective motivates creators to send along relative theories or motivations in relation to their artwork to generate critical conversations about race, gender and class.
Anajah, singer and member of the collective, promises that the purpose of the movement is for people to understand “that even if you have no support system…know that Art Hoe Collective is there” (Paper Mag, 2018). The collective continues to be a platform that welcomes creators from all backgrounds to celebrate and champion their work and significance in the world of art.
The Future of Art Hoe Collective
Earlier this month, the collective started a new round of microgrants in order to champion and provide support to artists of color affected by the current pandemic. The collective began their microgrant initiative back in June, stating that “as black curators it’s important not only to curate, but to be patrons of the artists that we love so much.” Considering their impact, accomplishments, and growth, Art Hoe Collective has done a tremendous amount of work in reshaping the conversation of what it means to be an artist of color.
If you are interested in learning how to support the collective or would like to submit artwork for the current microgrant period, visit @arthoecollective on Instagram.