PORTLAND, OR (KPTV)- Portland Philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer is showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement by offering a new grant to artists across the state of Washington.
Schnitzer and Washington State University have announced the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program.
It will distribute $2,500 grants to 20 artists across the state.
Those artists will be asked to use their work to reflect on social justice efforts in the face of systemic racism.
In a news conference Tuesday, Schnitzer said artists play an important role during times of social upheaval.
“We need to have their voice whether it's through video, print, street art and sculpture. We need them to help us address the pain and anguish we have, and through their art. Have dialogue with each other about how we can become better at addressing this issue. better as individuals, better at home and in our communities,” he said.
This is part of a larger effort Schnitzer has funded which includes similar grant opportunities for Oregon artists as well.
Those grants are being administered through the Schnitzer art museums at Portland State University and the University of Oregon.
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