WE STRIVE TO BE A FORCE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

The District of Change Artist T-Shirt Collection is a new community apparel series created to spotlight local artists.

These artists have created designs exclusively for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

In 2021, we’ve partnered with the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center as the beneficiary of this program.

These unique designs capture our collective commitment to activism and community engagement expressed in the pillars of the Mystics’ District of Change platform: Gender Equality, Racial Equality, and LGBTQ+ Equality.

Proceeds from the District of Change Artist Collection directly benefit the artist.

LGBTQIA+ EQU(AL)ITY EDITION

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Keyonna Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and her Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of Maryland. Keyonna received two Edward Murrow Awards for her work as a news producer with News Radio WNEW, 99.1. In 2015, Keyonna founded Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC) home of #soufsidecreative located on MLK Ave, SE, with a mission to expose, educate and inspire her East of the River community through art and culture. She’s a tattoo artist, graphic designer, published fashion stylist, photographer, avid gardener and above all, a proud mother of two.

ABOUT THE DESIGN

For too long the LGBTQIA+ family has been overlooked, mistreated + forgotten. It’s time we find appreciation in the reflections we find in each other as people – regardless of sexual orientation. It’s time we give each other our flowers. Change is Healing. Healing is Growth. Healing starts within. Plan the seed.

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RACIAL EQU(AL)ITY EDITION

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Beezy Young (they/she/he) is a queer, non-binary, multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Washington, DC. Beezy is a self-taught painter, digital illustrator, filmmaker, and founder of a hand-made wooden accessories shop called Wood You Wear. Their art is heavily influenced by neo-expressionism and the current political climate, where they utilize mixed media and abstract styles to create their pieces. Their intention is to inspire marginalized individuals to follow their art amidst challenging times, while affirming the beauty in their existence and resilience.

ABOUT THE DESIGN

The March on Washington marked a critical moment in this country’s history – a time where different people from all over gathered together for racial and voter equity. This piece highlights the fact that we are still marching for justice and liberation today, 58 years later, with intersecting issues like voter suppression, hate crimes, racism, and excessive force from authorities impacting marginalized people. There is no better time to stand together to be the change we want to see than now!

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