A New Way Forward

A New Way Forward

Four months ago, after the murder of George Floyd and the events and protests that ensued, we wanted not only to call out injustice, but also to take action and find meaningful ways to contribute. As part of that commitment to ourselves and our community we want to update you on our progress.

Outreach to Diversity-Focused Entrepreneurs
We are honored and excited to announce our partnership with the Black Artists + Designers Guild on the Obsidian House Project. 

“The Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) was founded in 2018 by Malene Barnett, an artist based in Brooklyn, NY, to combat the lack of representation of Black talent and culture in the design industry. BADG is a global platform representing a curated collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers across various art and design disciplines who are at the top of their respective fields.”—BAD Guild  

This Obsidian House Project is a virtual concept house with an expansive vision of living and dwelling for Black families. It will showcase over 20 Black artists, designers and makers that are working together to create the Black family home in the not too distant future of 2025. 

We’re collaborating with the BAD Guild team to create an identity and brand for the Obsidian Project and guide them through their launch plans for early 2021. Metalmark Partners will work hand in hand with Malene and her team to bring this impressive project to life.

Actively Seeking Change 
We are committed to helping candidates in local and national elections who align with our values of social justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and a commitment to work towards an end to institutional racism. We are supporting Jamie Harrison, running to unseat Lindsay Graham in North Carolina and Amy McGrath, running against Mitch McConnel in Kentucky. We will be in Charleston at the end of the month helping with Jamie Harrison’s campaign.

We Have So Much to Learn
We are finding better ways to express ourselves by honoring Black, indigenous and people of color. Making a point to seek out design tools, typefaces and color stories that are rooted in these cultures feels both humbling and exhilarating. We are using our voice as designers to advocate for social justice, and to eliminate unconscious bias by breaking down ingrained thinking, one design project at a time. 

We are big believers in “tipping points” and harnessing momentum, for our clients, ourselves and our country. As we head into uncertain times, we remain hopeful, positive and committed to our core values. We are excited about our new partnership with Malene and her team and about the prospects of a new way forward after November 3rd. 

Remember, it’s not enough to talk about change, it is our time to ACT!

Vote. Vote. Vote.

—Richard and Karin

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