Mon, 03 Apr 2023 08:59:00 GMT
As part of Wavemaker’s ongoing commitment to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, Melanin, (Wavemaker’s Employee Community Group for Black and LatinX employees) hosted its fifth annual Art Noir event on February 22nd 2023.
Art Noir is a curated exhibit that celebrates Black History Month through digital art, photography, film, graffiti, music, AR/VR and more from the most creative and influential New York City artists. This year, Wavemaker invited a roster of creators; Alejandro Bonilla Jr, Quennina Wright, Famine Then Feast Gallery, Janessa Harmon, Destiny Santana, Sylvester Finch, Naeemah Pierre-Cranston, Mike Mitch, Mel L., MYLEZ GITTENS, Udoka Malachi and J. Luis to showcase their talent. The live-first immersive event explored the rich impact and history of African American culture through various art forms. This included a captivating interactive art show that featured a pop-up gallery of artists creating live art such as personalized sketches/photographs of employees who attended and live performances from various musicians.
“It’s awe-inspiring to see how Art Noir has expanded in scope and size over the last five years, from a pioneering event to a thriving Wavemaker series celebrating our diverse communities while creating an inspirational space for employees to pursue their passion. At Wavemaker, we’re passionate about creating a culture where everyone’s views matter, where everyone has a seat at the table, where every voice is heard and everyone feels welcome.” - Porscha Scott, Employee Experience & Engagement Director
In partnership with their sponsor, multicultural media firm The Bipoc Filter, Melanin cultivated a sense of belonging in the workplace by celebrating Black culture and inviting employees to broaden their cultural perspectives. Manager of Learning & Development, Shanell Simmons, said “Art Noir is a special tentpole event of ours that we’re proud of and like in the past four years – it was a success. One of the goals of Melanin is to empower Black and LatinX employees, and we were able to do that by showcasing artwork of all forms from both employees and local artists. We also focused on creating a safe space to display their talents with employees across the GroupM network. During Black History Month in the U.S. we felt it important to focus on the national theme of Black Resistance in the form of reclaiming our joy. In a world where we have so many reasons to feel discouraged, sad or exhausted based on current events, we were intentional about wanting to bring joy, safety and community as our form of resistance.”view more - Awards and EventsWavemaker US, Mon, 03 Apr 2023 08:59:00 GMT