Open call

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WE RISE OPEN CALL WINNERS!

We invited you to submit your most creative visual artworks that sparked engagement and response surrounding our WE RISE themes. We are humbled at the response and excited to announce our winners. Below are the five works selected to be hung in the WE RISE gallery along with ten additional honorees to be featured in our online gallery. Our gratitude goes out to our panel of esteemed judges; Agnes Gund, Bobby Hundreds, Common, Darren Walker, Evan Pricco, Favianna Rodriguez, Jesse Williams, Jonathan E. Sherin, Kehlani, Michelle Alexander, Shepard Fairey, Yara Shahidi.

Thank you for your submissions and continued support.

Open Call Winners

Open Call Runners-up

Open Call Selection Jury

Yara Shahidi

Actor

Common

Musician

Kehlani

Musician

Bobby Hundreds

Founder, The Hundreds

Favianna Rodriguez

Executive Director, Culture Strike

Evan Pricco

Editor-In-Chief, Juxtapoz

Michelle Alexander

Author, “The New Jim Crow"

Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D

Director, Department of Mental Health Service, Los Angeles County

Shepard Fairey

Artist

Jesse Williams

Actor

Agnes Gund

Philanthropist, Founder, Arts For Justice Fund

Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

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