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Serena Williams x Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

Posted by Danielle Iwata
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Serena Williams x Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

Tennis all-star Serena Williams teamed up with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and artists, including Isabel Castillo Guijarro to raise awareness about domestic violence. Together, they unveiled a street art campaign that will appear in six cities with six different murals.

 

Domestic violence, while remarkable common – affecting 1 in 4 women – is often overlooked. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse conducted a Public Opinion Survey, which revealed that “the most common form of domestic violence – financial abuse – remains difficult to detect and understand,” with 2/3 saying they “have not seen anything on financial abuse as a form of domestic abuse in the public forum.”

 

These murals are meant to be backdrops for photos, to be shared on social media. In the age of Instagram and other platforms, the stigma of social media continues to grow. By using shareable public art, Allstate Foundation and Serena Williams aim to shed new light onto this issue.

 

As reported in the press release, here are the locations of the murals:

 

  • New York City, Tictail Market, created by Isabel Castillo Guijarro
  • Houston, The Heights, created by Ana Marietta
  • New Orleans, Oak Street, created by Milagros Collective
  • Chicago, Wicker Park, created by Lauren Asta
  • Seattle, (week of Aug. 6) created by Ellen Picken
  • Los Angeles, (week of Aug. 13) created by Carolyn Suzuki

 

Photo: Mural by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

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Cruise Liner Supports Anchors of the Local Arts Scene

Posted by Kate Reese
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Cruise Liner Supports Anchors of the Local Arts Scene

It probably comes as no shock that the people at Carnival Cruise Line know how to throw party, but readers may be surprised to know that Carnival has been using this skill to benefit the arts in communities where they dock. In conjunction with the company’s recent addition of the Carnival Triumph to their New Orleans fleetwhich operates year-round and is estimated to carry 45,000 passengers each yearCarnival recently organized an entertaining charity event to raise money for music organizations who make the City of Jazz, well, so jazzy.

 

This raucous event revolved around an American-Idol style competition in which four local music organizations competed for $35,000 worth of donations. The competitors included Shamarr Allen, competing on behalf of the Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Jazz C singer; saxophonist Robin Barnes, competing for the Tipitina's Foundation; and Derek Douget, representing The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation. The competition was as convivial as the city these organizations call home, but at the end of the day the Tipitina's Foundation took home the $15,000 first prize, while the other groups split $20,000 in runner-up funds.

 

Carnival also partnered with the Port of New Orleans, which has been essential in economic development in New Orleans, using its status as a port city to attract business investment and travelers.


This event reflects a larger drive by the international cruise company to engage with local communities and support the creative character of their brand. As the Crescent City’s largest cruise operator, Carnival has shown that when supporting the local arts scene by throwing a fabulous party, one can never go overboard (pun very much intended).

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