Space for change

Lifting underrepresented voices through awareness and art.

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Our goal

Peerspace is on a mission to bring people together. We believe it is impossible to achieve that goal unless we also fight for equality and access to resources in the communities we serve.

Having a space to gather, create, and exchange ideas is an important part of any movement. To have a venue, to have a space, is to have a platform. In order to magnify voices that are often quieted, Peerspace will sponsor venues for people who challenge prejudice and fight for social justice and equality.

Each quarter, we will sponsor space for 3 projects that are relevant to our community. These projects can range from community gatherings and educational initiatives to art exhibits and photo series. Selection criteria is based on clear vision and level of impact. Please find some examples below.

Space for Change

Combating racism through conversation and art.

Peerspace is on a mission to bring people together. The recent death of George Floyd reminds us, yet again, that we cannot achieve our goal unless we fight for equality in the communities we serve.

While we know that our actions alone will not bring about change, we have an obligation to be active supporters of black creators, organizations, businesses, and people. To that end, we are pledging $8,460 in sponsorship of events and art that combat systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality.

Continue reading to the learn about this year's recipients and what they are doing to bring about change in their communities.  

Past recipients

Dre Speaks

Recipient: Andre Drummond

Andre, a yoga and mindfulness teacher in NYC, will curate discussions around the healing effects of the mind body connection for people of color to combat racism and other identity-based social biases. He believes we can move towards liberation for all by calling our mindfulness to action, beginning from within.

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A Hard Pill to Swallow

Recipient: Selasie Dotse

A Hard Pill to Swallow is a dinner series that focuses on showcasing talented chefs of color, primarily Black chefs, in fine dining cooking while encouraging a dialogue to discuss and challenge white hegemony in the restaurant industry. Through this dinner series, I would like to tell the story of Black people and the culture in the Bay Area, as well as in the US. I would also like to discuss the lack of Black chefs in high end restaurants, and how these restaurants can combat anti-Blackness in the industry.

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my BLCK skin

Recipient: Cedric Terrell

Photographer Cedric Terrell is working on a series called my BLCK skin; which showcases the beauty and diversity of black culture. This is a mixed medium project covering still, motion and poetry. His goal is to create a motion piece, printed booked, and social media series showcasing the final collection.

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The Right Kind of Black Girl

Recipient: Shambria Williams

Aimed at economically advancing and holistically empowering Black women and girls across the diaspora, this organization was started out of the lack of support and space for Black females. They host events and provide programs on civic engagement, financial literacy, fitness and nutrition, mental health, and entrepreneurship.

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Club 1964, Inc.

Recipient: Marquise McGriff

In September, the nation will celebrate National HBCU Week. Club 1964, Inc. is hoping to do their part by hosting a series of events, including the Black Art + Red Hearts Luncheon where they will highlight black artists in Miami, promote HBCUs with degree programs in the arts, and discuss how POC can leverage their education attainment and artistic expression to better combat racism.

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Power of the People

Recipient: Melissa Charles

Melissa, an educator at UC-Berkeley and AD for African American Student Development, is organizing a series of classes which speak to Black history, Black activism, and organizing 101. She is currently hosting a 7-day zoom series, but will use Peerspace locations to bring the course to physical spaces. The series is free of charge to any Black and/or Indigenous people. You can register for her series using the button below.

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Donated space

When we announced the Space for Change program, a number of hosts offered to donate their space free of charge. Check out the spaces below and send a message to any that fit your needs. Keep in mind that they won't be able to accommodate all requests.

Cyc Wall Studio

Vernon, CA

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Training School

Atlanta, GA

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The Break Studios

Kings County, NY

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Historic Craftsman

Oakland, CA

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Apply for sponsorship

Please complete your submission by 5pm PST on Wednesday, June 10th.

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Official rules

1. How to enter: To enter for your chance to receive full or partial sponsorship, fill out the application form at https://madeinpeerspace.webflow.io/space-for-change to explain how you would like to use a Peerspace location to combat systemic racism. Entries will be accepted from any individual, including existing and new Peerspace users. We will continue to accept and review submissions until the fund has run out of money.

2. Determining recipients: Recipients of sponsorship will be selected on a rolling basis from the submission pool by a committee of Peerspace employees based on the order they were received and relevance to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality. Requests will be reviewed and accepted until the fund has run out of money. We will evaluate on a quarterly basis, if the fund should be replenished or expanded.

3. Sponsorship: Sponsorship will be awarded in the form of Peerspace Credits which can be used to book any space on the platform or additional services provided by the host for the sole purpose described in the application (a “Sponsored Booking”). The amount recipients receive will be determined by the committee of Peerspace employees and will be capped at $2,500 per award. Peerspace may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any applicant who is suspected of breaking the program rules or for conduct that violates the Peerspace Services Agreement including the Community Guidelines.

4. Sponsored bookings: Any recipient of a sponsored booking is solely responsible and may be held liable for their actions and the actions of their invited attendees. Sponsored bookings are a contract between the guest and the host as outlined in the Peerspace Services Agreement and Privacy Policy. Peerspace is not liable for any damages resulting from sponsored bookings. If a sponsored booking is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, Peerspace Credits previously awarded will be forfeited and the cancellation will otherwise follow the Cancellation Policy outlined by Peerspace and the host. Peerspace may, at its sole digression, cancel any bookings that are deemed to be dangerous, illegal, or for any other reason noted in the Cancellation Policy.

5. Miscellaneous: This program is governed by the federal laws of the United States. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All costs, taxes, expenses and fees associated with any element of a sponsorship not specifically addressed above are the sole responsibility of the recipient. All federal, state and local taxes on the sponsorship are the recipient's responsibility. Recipients of this sponsorship may, in some instances, be required to pay taxes required by their respective local taxing authorities or comply with additional documentation requests from Peerspace for tax reporting and compliance purposes depending on the particular jurisdiction in which the recipient resides. This program may be discontinued or rules changed at any time without notice.