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"In The Paint" Art Program

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In the Paint is an organizational initiative stemming from the Lakers 6-point Racial Equity Action Plan.

In partnership with the Lakers, this competitive art program was instituted by world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges, who seleced 15 local artists of color as Contributing Artists to create works of art to be exhibited at the inaugural 2022 In the Paint art exhibition at Band of Vices. The net proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists and support the growth and development of In the Paint initiatives.

Furthermore, Charly and accompanying panelists selected 10 local artists to receive grants supporting their development as artists and mentorship opportunities with Charly.

Overall, this dynamic program will change the trajectory of 25 LA-based BIPOC artists’ careers in 2022.

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By being a grantee, I participated in numerous workshops including how one should price their artwork. Below are some photos taken through the months highlighting moments from the program. 

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As one of the In the Paint Grantees,

I received mentorship opportunities with Charly Palmer, including artistic support and skill enhancement workshops throughout the year. I also received a $10,000 grant to elevate my artistic endeavors.



How did Brown receive the $10,000 grant? The Los Angeles Lakers didn't just send a check her way. Her along with the other grantees was given two free tickets to attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Philadelphia 76ers game on March 23rd, 2022. During halftime, the grantees were given their checks on the Crypto Arena court in front of 19,000 fans.



Lakers posted across multiple social media platforms about the grantees receiving their grants.

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