The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

195essential and Seed the Vote announce ‘Essential Voter’ T-Shirt Collection

195essential and Seed the Vote announce ‘Essential Voter’ T-Shirt Collection 

195essential is proud to announce our ‘Essential Voter’ Collection featuring designs by three BIPOC artists, while also donating 50% of proceeds to Seed the Vote. 195essential has partnered with Seed the Vote, a platform for organizers, activists, and community leaders to intervene in the election, to give back through the launch of their newest t-shirt collection, the ‘Essential Voter’ Collection.

Seed the Vote works with groups on the ground in Swing States to reach voters, help protect their vote, and persuade them to use their voting power during this important election. They aim to build progressive turnout and win—up and down the ballot. Their focus is on working with organizations that have deep roots in the communities where they are working. Seed the Vote’s goal is to support the building of long-term electoral and organizing power. Their scope is national, but focused on the battlegrounds—Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

“Supporting like-minded organizations like Seed the Vote is one of the foundations of 195essential’s mission, which is why we are honored to partner with and support them as a part of our ‘Essential Voter’ collection launch,” said Jason Harris, Co-founder of 195essential. “By donating a portion of sales from this collection, we hope to aid in the fight for equality, and encourage people to get out and vote during one of the most important elections of our lives.”

Designed by three BIPOC artists from across the Northeast, the ‘Essential Voter’ collection will go live on 195essential’s website on September 22, 2020, National Voter Registration Day. The artists who’s designs are featured in the collection include Rhode Island School of Design student and Massachusetts-native, Michelle Collado, NYU student, and New Jersey-native, Sydney Medina, and clothing and textiles painter, Fred White. Each design relates to the theme of voting, through the artist’s eyes.

“Seed the Vote is dedicated to reaching our goal of raising one million dollars to activate over 3,000 movement activists and organizers to reach over 1,000,000 voters,” said Le Tim Ly, of Seed the Vote. “We are thankful to have generous supporters like 195essential to help us reach these goals and enact real, systematic change.”

The collection will feature three new designs, available in an assortment of colors. 195essential’s ‘Essential Voter’ Collection is set to launch on September 22, 2020, National Voter Registration Day. To purchase from the collection, please visit For more information about Seed the Vote please visit


Michelle Callado

Michelle Collado is a Dominican Multidisciplinary Artist born and raised in Lawrence MA. Growing up in Lawrence and raised by immigrant parents, she's realized that people of her everyday life is what inspires her. Her Artwork focuses on the themes and ideas of BIPOC representation, social issues, social justice, and internal and societal experiences. Using people as her subjects, she focuses on the subjects' relationships to themselves, others and the external spaces in which they may have encountered. Whether it's Photography, Film production, painting or illustration, she attempts to capture an essence of experiences or feelings in which her audience can familiarize themselves with.

Fred White

Originating in NYC, Change.49 creator and maker Fred White has been hand-painting clothing and textiles since 2003. His creative expression and aesthetic evolves from observing impermanence, playful spontaneity, and in recognizing the interdependence of everything. His work on clothing is done without planning or to a fixed idea of what it will become, but gently guided by change.

Fred is a practitioner of Vipassana meditation, B student of the I-Ching, average rock climber, dissonant audiophile, and sews with ‘Alice’ his grandmothers 1953 Singer Featherweight.

Sydney Medina

Sydney Medina is a 19-year-old Black artist from Princeton, NJ, who currently resides in New York City. She attends NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Studies, where she studies Urban Art and Fashion Design. Sydney has always been passionate about the Black Lives Matter, and especially how she can embody the movement into her art. She has been involved in creating art for her communities and has even spent the past year traveling, creating art and fashion in various locations in Europe and South America.


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