Each month for the foreseeable future, we are collecting donations to send to charitable organizations and causes in the US. For 2020 and on, these highlighted organizations are ones that are centered around education and the fight against racism. It is clear that the specialty coffee industry, and society as a whole, has much to address regarding this long-standing issue. And a way to start is to contribute to those groups that are knowledgeable about action and teaching those around them to unlearn racism.
For the month of June we will be collecting for Activation Residency. This will continue until the last day of the month.
The organization is a ‘Black trans led artist residency aiming to generate safer and more collaborative space, adapt to its residents’ needs, and create portals to futures needed now. In 2018, Activation Residency was born out of the lack of creative opportunities available to Black and brown, trans and queer artists in New York. The first residency program sent 20 working artists to the Outlier Inn in Woodridge, New York. Artists took home a variety of skills and activated perspectives.’
To donate, you can select the amount you wish to contribute as an add-on for your product purchases. Acaia will publicly provide proof of donations when they are sent to the organization.
In their own words:
‘Activation Residency is a Black trans led artist residency aiming to generate safer and more collaborative space, adapt to its residents’ needs, and create portals to futures needed now. Located in New York state southern Catskill mountains of Woodridge, the residency seeks to activate the creative practice of each participating resident, redistribute access, resources, and care as well as play with the means of production.’