Art! Trans Women Of Color! Half! Visibility! | TAJA's Coalition

Posted May 16, 2017

UPDATE on 12/23/17: We have opened the contest to all women locally, statewide and nationwide! The new deadline for entries is June 17, 2017.

TAJA's Coalition is holding an art contest that's going to become a full blown media campaign in the city of San Francisco! Like DC's "Transgender Respect" ad campaign or Trans Employment Program's "hiretrans ad campaign, we will be running a city-wide ad campaign to raise trans visibility."

In our case, we are trying to stop the tremendous violence our communities face. 2015 was one of the most violent years on record for trans people with at least 23 people murdered in the US alone. 2016 was even more violent than 2015, with at least 25 people murdered in the US. Around 90% of these murders were trans women of color, most of these being black trans women. This is genocide.

To combat the massive violence, we are asking women of color to submit their artwork for an art contest which will be used to create imagery for an anti-violence ad campaign. Art should have an anti-violence theme and should speak to cis people since they are the ones who are overwhelmingly murdering us.

We will feature artwork chosen by the community in an art show later this year from which our panel of judges will choose the winners-top prize is $ 1000! We will feature the winners' art in a media campaign, which will likely run in the fall. Check out this image from Trans Employment Program's #hiretrans campaign to get a sense of what it might be like-we are working with some of the same folks who worked on that campaign!

Please use the form below scroll down past Spanish) to enter our contest and be sure to check out our rules and guidelines before submitting. This contest is open only to self-identified women of color in the Bay Area so we can lift up their voices.

In our particular case, we are trying to end the tremendous violence that our communities face. 2015 was one of the most violent years recorded for trans people, since only in the US at least 23 trans people were killed. 2016 was even more violent than 2015, with at least 25 people killed in the United States. About 90% of these homicides were trans colored women, most of them trans afro-descendent women. This is genocide.

To combat this massive violence, we are asking trans women of color to present works of art for an art contest that will be used to create images for an advertising campaign against violence. The works of art presented should have a theme against violence and target the Celsen people in particular, as it is mainly these people who are killing us.

We will present works of art chosen by the community in an exhibition later this year. Our panel of judges will choose from these works to win winners. The jackpot will be $ 1,000! The works of the winners will appear in a media campaign, which is sure to take place in the fall. Take a look at this image from #hiretrans's Trans Employment Program campaign to get an idea of ​​what it could be like. We are working with some of the same people who worked on that campaign.