Thinking about becoming a BGWP member? Let's chat!
Likes and followers are great but don’t necessarily equate to sales or the meaningful “exposure” we really need in terms of the art world and business. Not to mention, a lot of us are self-taught artists with little to no formal training or education in the arts, business, or entrepreneurship. If social media crashed, your account(s) were disabled, or the algorithm changed again (which it will), where would your actual art/business be?
Hence the BGWP membership, a platform where members are able to utilize BGWP not only as a global tool to showcase themselves as working artists, their artwork, and their art events, but also as a means to find and connect BGWPs to each other and potential clients. Also, a portion of every membership fee will go towards the BGWP Awards Fund. Not only will you be a part of our community and have access to additional benefits/resources, you will be directly supporting Black girls and students artistic endeavors across the globe! Let's be the change that we wish to see!
3 options for membership are below:
Basic (Advertising): Join the Directory & add your Events
Premium (Advertising & Selling): Join the Directory, add your Events, & sumbit your artwork to the Available Art Collection (curated art collection for purchase)
Deluxe (Advertising, Selling, & Artist Resources): Join the Directory, add your Events, sumbit your artwork to the Available Art Collection (curated art collection for purchase), & gain access to our new private Slack group for artwork feedback and artist development, business, and inspiration tips (invitation will be sent after member listing becomes Active)
Who is this membership for?
Black women painters looking for outreach resources outside of social media
Black women painters trying to get involved in their local arts community and/or creating their own
Black women painters who want to connect with other Black women entrepreneurs, improve their own art business and practice, and expand their creative, artistic, and business network
Who is this membership not for?
Black women painters not interested in financially investing in their business
Black women painters looking for immediate results and/or don't believe in professional development or education
Creatives who want to learn how to paint
BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT Community Guidelines (Code of Ethics)
1. Be Kind, Courteous, and Tactful
We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone and this safe space with respect. Keep all interactions limited to art and business related topics, paintings, sisterhood, and community.
2. Respect Everyone's Art and Privacy
Being part of this membership requires mutual trust. Ask questions, start discussions, get constructive feedback, etc. But remember, what's shared within our community should stay within our community.
3. No Misrepresentation Of Self or Offered Products/Services On Our Website, Online, or In-person
BGWP is all about creating genuine relationships in art and business. We believe in being honest, fair, and professional, especially in how we conduct business and share transparency within our own art practice(s). Integrity is important and your name is everything.
4. Be Open to Receive Feedback and Constructive Criticism
BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT is not space to vent without welcoming solutions/feedback. Although we do not participate in or tolerate any form of negativity, we do value learning from other’s perspective, background, and experience. Critiques are encouraged to improve technique, gain perspective, and practice defending our work amongst other things.
5. Read and Follow Instructions
If you have a question, please examine/research your resources. Much time and resources have gone into this website to ensure a better website functionality, directory, and membership. We welcome questions and inquiries to assist your experience but if it is already answered/addressed on our website, we will direct you to the appropriate page on the website. As such, if your Member Listing, Event (s), and/pr Available Art Classified(s) is incomplete or inaccurate, it will not be approved or made active on our website. Your membership will be removed after 2 months of initial pending status.
6. Be Proactive, Not Reactive (Artist Resources)
BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT encourages active participation not only within your art career and business, but also within our community. This is an interactive private membership (Deluxe Level). If you have a question, be willing to add to another topic or discussion. Our golden rule is, for every question you ask, be sure to answer someone elses.
7. Be Accountable For Your Art Brand and in How It Relates To BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT
If you are contacted or receive a lead(s) via the BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT website, please respond professionally and appropriately in a timely manner. Please be mindful of how you conduct business on your own time, as well. The art/business world is small and you need community. Your actions will follow you.
We as BLACK GIRL WHO PAINT promise to utilize our talents to create images that reflect the grand diversity of our community. We believe in filling gaps from the past and present while uplifting and empowering our sisterhood. We are investing in our future generations by seizing growth opportunities. As members of BLACK GIRL WHO PAINT – we are committed to showing up, being seen, and telling our own stories. We hold all of our members to a high standard. As such, breaking any of the BGWP Community Guidelines will result in immediate and permanent termination of membership.
Check out our FAQs about the required information to be showcased on our website, as all listings and upgrades MUST be complete and approved by our team (24-72 hours after submission) to ensure full/accurate information and membership alignment with the BGWP mission. If you like what you're hearing, perfect! Pick the right membership level for you and join our community! If you want to upgrade or downgrade in the future, you must send a request here!
*Incomplete Listings (Find A BGWP), Events, and Art For Sale Classifieds will not be approved or included in our outreach efforts - ie. newsletters, press releases, quarterly magazine, Pinterest, social media platforms, etc. After you join, you can either complete your information or cancel your membership. No refunds.