Award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and activist Antionette Carroll founded Creative Reaction Lab to harness the power of young designers. The St. Louis–based organization offers programs and resources that support Black and Latinx youth in using their creative skills to challenge racial and health inequities.
In support of Creative Reaction Lab’s work for racial and health equity, their Artwork for Equity program gives young artists and designers an opportunity to showcase their talents and to demonstrate the power of art, creativity, and civic engagement. This annual competition selects young Black and Latinx designers and artists (age 26 and under) to produce original images in the form of posters promoting inclusion, equity, liberation, and justice. The theme for the 2020 campaign is Ancestor’s Vote; the brief asked designers to raise consciousness around historical and contemporary forms of voter suppression impacting Black and Latinx communities in the United States, while also highlighting resistance movements and achievements.
Adobe is proud to showcase this year’s finalists, all of whom submitted powerful work to support expanding voting rights and to celebrate the power of community in the fight to dismantle oppressive systems. Here, they share their artworks and describe them in their own words.
You can read more about Carroll and Creative Reaction Lab’s work to promote racial justice in this Changemaker’s profile piece.
New York, New York
Born and raised between the South Bronx and East Harlem, Carolina Tapia is a high school senior at Avenues: The World School, currently exploring different post-secondary educational possibilities.
"Untitled" seeks to pull our attention to the present by urging us to think about a future after us. For some, exactly defining a collective “We” with which to be in solidarity might prove to be an ambitious, perhaps impossible endeavor. Here, “We” is used as an address to remind us that we are nevertheless implicated in a collective to which we are accountable. What will our legacies be? What seeds will we plant?