From capturing streetwear revolutionary Dapper Dan, to serving as both a model and photographer for Smashbox Cosmetics's Pride 2021 Campaign, Añazco creates spaces where people can celebrate themselves and be seen on their own terms, regardless of identity.
Q: How has being a BIPOC photographer influenced the way you create?
It made me question ‘Who gets to tell our story? Who gets to use our images, our bodies?’ I made the conscious decision to make my identity a part of my work to take back ownership about the stories we tell about people of color.”
Q: What drives your creativity?
My creativity is really driven by representation and community. It’s about fixing the stereotypes about what [people of color] are ‘supposed’ to look like, and what we’re ‘supposed’ to do. Also looking back at my past - as I’ve progressed further in my career, I’ve done a lot of research on my ancestors. It’s helped me inform my present and my future.”
Why these images?
“I seek to draw links between panache and self-preservation, imploring the significance of inclusion and equitable representation. My subjects demand the audience to see them on their own terms, manifesting a scene of liberation and celebration.”
Q: One piece of advice you have for other creatives of color?
Building relationships is so important. A lot of the work and opportunities that I’ve been able to have are because of the relationships I’ve built.”
The world of Undocuhoneys is a container for undocumented and dacamented immigrants to lead with love instead of fear. A place to reflect, process, and celebrate our layered identities through different mediums ranging from photo, video and audio sensory visuals.Learn MoreDonate
Black Girl Film School offers quality film production programs for females interested in a career in film and television. Their goal is to create more opportunities for young women to learn technical production skills from other women of color. The funding will be used to produce a video that shows what happens when you place a camera in a Black girl's hands and equip her with the skills and training to tell her own story.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
A Hard Pill to Swallow is a dinner series that focuses on showcasing talented chefs of color, primarily Black chefs, in fine dining cooking while encouraging a dialogue to discuss and challenge white hegemony in the restaurant industry. Through this dinner series, I would like to tell the story of Black people and the culture in the Bay Area, as well as in the US. I would also like to discuss the lack of Black chefs in high end restaurants, and how these restaurants can combat anti-Blackness.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Quictivity is developing a workout app that is convenient to do on-the-go. They are committed to bringing inclusiveness in the fitness industry to the forefront by amplifying people of color and minorities and creating content that normalizes bodies of different colors, shapes, sizes, and abilities. They are sponsoring 3 personal trainers of color or PTs with physical disabilities by paying for their professional photo and video sessions, marketing services & 1 year on their Quictivity Coach platform.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Melissa, an educator at UC-Berkeley and AD for African American Student Development, is organizing a series of classes which speak to Black history, Black activism, and organizing 101. She is currently hosting a 7-day zoom series, but will use Peerspace locations to bring the course to physical spaces. The series is free of charge to any Black and/or Indigenous people. You can register for her series using the button below.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Aimed at economically advancing and holistically empowering Black women and girls across the diaspora, this organization was started out of the lack of support and space for Black females. They host events and provide programs on civic engagement, financial literacy, fitness and nutrition, mental health, and entrepreneurship.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Damian's fashion line, INTRO, is a high-end gender neutral brand that creates one-of-a-kind garments from recycled clothing and rerolled fabric. The brand seeks to create awareness, foster conversation, and thus bolster socio-cultural change through fashion. He'll use the space for a 1-day fashion installation, with live models and activists whose work is committed to racial equity and sustainability.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Old Skool Cafe is a violence prevention program in San Francisco that provides job training, employment, and a second chance at life by way of a 1920's speakeasy and jazz restaurant run by formerly incarcerated and foster care youth ages sixteen to twenty-two. The management team will use the funding for strategic planning sessions for the upcoming year.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Little Essentials offers at-risk families living in poverty urgently needed children’s supplies and parenting education to promote the health, well-being and safety of their children under five years of age. Through Space for Change funding, they plan to host a community giveaway event for the families they serve, where they will provide diapers, hygiene supplies, clothing and other essential infant items. They estimate they can provide essential items for up to 200 families in need.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Photographer Cedric Terrell is working on a series called my BLCK skin; which showcases the beauty and diversity of black culture. This is a mixed medium project covering still, motion and poetry. His goal is to create a motion piece, printed booked, and social media series showcasing the final collection.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Andre, a yoga and mindfulness teacher in NYC, will curate discussions around the healing effects of the mind body connection for people of color to combat racism and other identity-based social biases. He believes we can move towards liberation for all by calling our mindfulness to action, beginning from within.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
Unheard Voices is a documentary project chronicling the journey of mothers with incarcerated children. Told from the lens of Horne’s mother and best-selling author, Tosha Mills, this documentary will bring us insight into an inspiring gathering of a group of mothers, as Mills travels through America creating a safe place that allows these women space and time to share their struggles and start a healing process in their most traumatic hours. Space for Change funding will be used for the production of this film.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
In September, the nation will celebrate National HBCU Week. Club 1964, Inc. is hoping to do their part by hosting a series of events, including the Black Art + Red Hearts Luncheon where they will highlight black artists in Miami, promote HBCUs with degree programs in the arts, and discuss how POC can leverage their education attainment and artistic expression to better combat racism.Learn MoreLearn MoreDonate
When we announced the Space for Change program, a number of hosts offered to donate their space free of charge. Check out the spaces below and send a message to any that fit your needs. Keep in mind that they won't be able to accommodate all requests.