Gucci Celebrates North America Changemakers Impact Fund & Scholarship Program in Los Angeles
Gucci Changemakers North America, powered by Gucci Equilibrium, announced the next round of applications, and celebrated the program which has already invested over $2.5 million of a multi-year commitment.
In its third round, Gucci is now accepting applications for the Gucci Changemakers North America initiative including the Changemakers Impact Fund for non-profit organizations and the Gucci Scholars program for talented graduating high-school seniors, undergraduate and community college students. The program supports grassroots organizations and empowers diverse young people through education by giving a voice to the next generation.
Through support from the Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund, some of the 2021 recipients achieved the following: Sista Afya Community Center in Chicago provided over 175 free therapy sessions to Black women lacking resources to support their mental health; ProjectArt New Orleans will have provided over 100 young adults with free art supplies and hosted 30 enriching art lessons; Weird Enough Productions in Atlanta, which uses diverse media to empower young people and the adults that support them, will have impacted over 200,000 students at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Through support from the Gucci Changemakers Scholars program, the scholarship recipients are not only focused on their academic success, but also achieving their creative and community focused goals. Matthew Williams, who attends Kent State University, hopes to create a learning arts center for youth to explore art forms such as design, dance, and painting; Yetunde Sapp, who attends Parsons School of Design, created SLAChouz, which stands for “Support a Living Artist Collective” house – a BIPOC artist residence and content house that serves as a space for artists to collaborate and access necessary resources to succeed.
The 2022 Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund will support 12 NGOs with one-year grants of $50,000 each. The Gucci Changemakers Scholarship Program will award up to 10 students with a $20,000 one-year scholarship based on their financial need.
For the third chapter, Gucci Changemakers has partnered with writer, producer, and director Sage Dolan-Sandrino, co-director Kam, and cinematographer Chance Chamblin to create a film, voiced by Gucci Changemakers scholars and youth community members, articulating the importance and power of art and creativity as revolutionary tools for radical change.
To celebrate and reflect on this moment in Los Angeles and the Gucci Changemakers North America program, Gucci Changemakers hosted a North America Changemakers Summit at Crenshaw High School in their brand-new performing arts center to launch the third year of the program, to highlight their impact of the last two years and to convene the next generation of community Changemakers. The summit included remarks by Crenshaw High School Principal Donald Moorer, Local District West Superintendent Adaina Brown, Gucci Americas President and CEO Susan Chokachi, actress and model Jodie Turner-Smith, and poet and activist Cleo Wade. A panel discussion hosted by activist Bethann Hardison in conversation with artists Mickalene Thomas, Raquel Chevremont, and Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Yale Law School Yaseen Eldik and photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell about the power of art, creativity, and culture to create social impact. Furthermore, Gucci employees and friends of the House participated in a day of community service in Los Angeles with the local Changemakers partners.
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