Our Mission

RIZE – RESIST – RECLAIM

Our purpose is to disrupt the white supremacist lens that often dominates the arts by bringing more diverse stories to the forefront. Our predecessors already created the culture. We deserve creative autonomy.

Everything we feature prioritizes the perspectives, experiences, and needs of the systematically excluded. Art that expresses the conditions of an unjust society and facilitates healing. 

 RIZE is a place that centers and amplifies those ideas, experiences, and perspectives in a way that honors and celebrates our unique stories, validates our experiences, and inspires – utilizing art to educate, heal and activate those around us. If people of color aren’t shaping our own stories, then our stories aren’t getting told. 

White heteronormative media leaders too often control the narrative. Present-day conglomerates may fill the most necessary spaces with enough Black and Brown creatives to save face, but many of these self-proclaimed culture-shifting platforms are not owned or run by the people or communities that birthed the art form.

RIZE’s most meaningful goals are representation in the art world and creating creative ecosystems. Through RIZE initiatives and practices a whole community of people will work to constantly carve out space for QTBIPOC + BIPOC creatives. 

RIZE Entertainment has applied for 501(c)(3) status and our application is currently pending. If we ultimately qualify for tax-exempt status, any contributions to our organization made prior to our application being approved will be tax-deductible. However, contributions to RIZE Entertainment currently do not have advance assurance of deductibility.

RIZE acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish People.

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