Diversity Equity Inclusivity

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: A research facility started by actress and activist Geena Davis, they seek to bring the cold hard data to studios and implore them to do better for womxn and girls. I previously wrote about a talk by their NY office’s advisor Mary Ellen Holden I attended. Their site is packed with nuggets of disappointing information!

LatinX in Animation: Started in 2018 to promote more LatinX people in the industry. It’s LA-based, so more of the events and opportunities are out there, but they’ve had a few panels live-streamed which have been wonderful to watch, like this masterclass.

DiverseToons: What started as a single Black in Animation panel at a con turned into a panel series that has traveled to conventions and schools, each time bringing an amazing group of professionals in for honest conversations about what it’s like navigating animation as a marginalized person. You can see clips from many of their panels on their YouTube channel.

BlkWmnAnimator: Run by Deborah Anderson, who is an animation professional and educator, I especially want to highlight all of the work she puts into her Instagram feed, creating advice videos, conducting interviews, and just really putting her knowledge and time out there to better the animation community and specifically help more Black artists get into the industry.

#DrawingWhileBlack Directory: Run by illustrator Abelle Hayford, this is a massive list of Black artists divided into specializations. Sounds like the plan is to turn this Google spreadsheet into a full site in the future. In the mean time, forward this list to your studio’s recruiters so they can stop using bullshit excuses.