The creative industry lacks representation. Only 26% of these jobs are held by people of color.* We help young artists enter the industry and thrive.

*Source: Bloomberg CityLab (2016)

Art Program for Teens and Gen Z BIPOC Youth

By & For supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) girls and GNC (gender-nonconforming) youth, ages 18-24, who are emerging artists, writers, and media makers.

Every contribution is produced BY BIPOC artists FOR the BIPOC community.

We amplify participants’ creative work, provide a space for them to network with other young creatives, and connect them with our team of seasoned media professionals.

Whether you need promotional materials for your podcast, support developing a sell-able zine, or a platform to promote your writing series, we can help you bring your creative vision to life!

What our participants are saying

"By & For has challenged me to push my ideas further and dig deep when approaching my creative work. The program inspires me and really makes me feel empowered. I would highly recommend this program to others because it's given me an opportunity to experience other perspectives that have widened my own lens. I also have an opportunity to meet new interesting peers even in a pandemic!"

- Caela Collins

Caela Collins By & For Contributor

"The mission behind the By & For project really resonated with me and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved! Contributing to this amazing project has definitely helped me grow my portfolio. I’ve been trying to push myself and draw more dynamic group pieces and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do so."

- Nia Asemota

Nia Asemota By & For Artist

 

"By & For has been a wonderful project to be a part of...I deeply value the concept of using media to change cultural norms."

- Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen Comic Artist
See our participants' latest work

Commemorating Pride with Nia

July 2, 2021

Allies Promise by Caela Collins

July 1, 2021

Daddreaming by Caela Collins

June 17, 2021

Today is Juneteenth by Caela Collins

June 16, 2021

The Depression Came (Comic) by Anna Nguyen

May 19, 2021

M.O.T.H.E.R. by Caela Collins

May 6, 2021

Galactic Gaia: Earth Month Illustration by Kai Ibarra

April 27, 2021

On The Boat in Victoria Harbor; A Comic by Anna Nguyen

April 23, 2021

Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 2)

April 15, 2021

Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 1)

April 13, 2021

Meet By & For Artist: Anna Nguyen

April 6, 2021

By & For: Powerful Women in Activism

March 29, 2021

A Woman: Poem for International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

Meet Nia Asemota: Artist Contributor to By & For

March 4, 2021

MCNP: Why Black hair matters & how it brings us joy

March 3, 2021

Why Black Joy is Important According to 10 Young People

February 18, 2021

A Look Back at Representation in 2020: 8 Ways Black Hair Matters

January 11, 2021

MCNP: Children of Incarcerated Parents

January 4, 2021

MCNP: Former tennis pro, Katrina Adams, tells us her post-election liberation dreams

October 28, 2020

Mobilizing the 2020 Youth Vote: An Interview with Kellen Edmondson, Field Director of HeadCount

October 5, 2020

How To Effect Change Through The Political System

September 25, 2020

MCNP: How athlete and activist Maxwell Pearce uses his platform to speak out against police brutality

September 16, 2020

Expressions of Frida: Bella Canzano Examines Self-Love & Latinx Identity through Vibrant Art & Music

September 10, 2020

MCNP: Harlem Globetrotter Max Pearce talks sports activism in today’s climate

August 31, 2020

Expressions of Frida: Eunsoo Jeong Turns Rage into Art

August 21, 2020

MCNP: Vanessa Williams talks ‘Bad Hair’, identity politics & navigating high school

July 28, 2020

‘Expressions of Frida’ podcast on WOC artists & their impact joins our BY & FOR: A PODCAST COMMUNITY!

July 20, 2020

VIDEO: Indigenous communities can’t defeat colonialism without fighting anti-Blackness

July 15, 2020

Direct giving is our legacy. Ignoring that legacy is anti-Black

June 26, 2020

Season 2, Episode 5: Richard Pryor’s Smith College professor daughter & granddaughter discuss the ‘N Word’ & respectability politics

June 22, 2020

9 intimate photos exploring the meaning & importance of Black queer love

June 18, 2020

My Colorful Nana Project: “Education unlocks human stories & makes ‘othering’ people harder” an interview with Chidi Asoluka

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 & the response to it shows how dangerously inaccessible safety nets are for people with disabilities

May 27, 2020

VIDEO: The Stress of the Pandemic is Gendered. Our Response Has to Be, Too

May 26, 2020

A Black woman navigates outrage over continued anti-Black state violence alongside the pandemic’s mental health challenges

May 22, 2020
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Interested in joining?

If you want to join a community of young BIPOC artists, connect with a team of professional media-makers, build your portfolio and amplify your work, apply now!

Questions? Contact Michelle Rodriguez at michelle@letsbreakthrough.org.

FAQs

The By & For Program supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) girls and gender non-conforming youth, ages 18-24, who are visual artists, writers, musicians, and video/content creators.

While we consider admission to those at various stages in their creative careers, we give priority to those who are current artists/mediamakers who want to grow their portfolio and build their brand.

We use a variety of digital communication platforms to share the work of By & For contributors, including social media, email campaigns, and our website. Additionally, we seek to connect participants to our extended network of creative and human rights organizations whenever possible. Current contributors have had the opportunity to amplify their work at high-profile events such as the Skoll World Forum and Breakthrough's annual gala. 

Our goal is to help BIPOC youth enter the creative economy. While there is no set time commitment, we are better able to help participants when they create on a regular basis and communicate with our team consistently.

It takes about a week for our team to review your application materials. We will get back to you with our final decision.

Yes, Breakthrough is committed to compensating all By & For contributors for their work. If you are interested in supporting the By & For program, donate here.