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Organized by Paula Chase
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#SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
#SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - back
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#SupportArtists shirt design - zoomed
#SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
#SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - back
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#SupportArtists shirt design - zoomed
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Buy a shirt and help support a young artist of color pursue her studies in classical ballet at conservatory

Custom Ink
All funds raised will go to Paula Chase, the organizer for #SupportArtists a campaign designed to help a young artist stay stocked in pointe shoes during her training.
23 items sold
$130 raised
50 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Black
  • #SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • #SupportArtists Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by Paula Chase

About this campaign

#SupportArtists is a social media campaign designed to turn an individual’s desire to support artists into an action.

A portion of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be split between a pointe shoe bank for the young artist featured on the shirt and to help sustain the efforts of The Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to highlighting Black children’s literature authors under-the-radar of the reading public.

"I’m lucky enough to come from a family that believes in Art as a profession. To us, being a visual artist, writer, dancer or musician are REAL jobs. I’ve run into far too many people who scoff at the Arts as a profession due to how little it pays and how competitive it is. I started #SupportArtists as a way to start in my own back yard, by bringing attention to the artists (including myself) in my family."

Paula Chase is a longtime Inclusion Jedi and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the Arts, specifically publishing and the world of Ballet. Chase is the author of So Done (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), a novel for middle school readers and a 2018 Kirkus Reviews Best Book. So Done and its companion, Dough Boys, is blazing the trail for books that tackle tough and sometimes taboo topics for younger readers. Chase is also the author of five Del Rio Bay Clique novels, a young adult series that helped Kensington Books launch its YA imprint in 2007.

In 2008, Chase co-founded The Brown Bookshelf, with authors, Varian Johnson, Kelly Starling Lyons and Author/Illustrator, Don Tate. A blog designed to highlight the myriad of Black kidlit voices, The Brown Bookshelf’s annual 28 Days Later campaign draws thousands of views to under-the-radar authors and illustrators.

For more information about Chase’s #SupportArtists movement, visit the About Me section at And visit for an archive of the 28 Days Later campaign. Paula can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

She’s the wife of one and mother of two in Maryland until an empty nest allows her to relocate elsewhere. Alyssa Praise Jumpjpg


Karen Johnson 2 items
Aneesah Pack 1 item
Ted and Paula Hyman 3 items

Having our daughter's face on a teeshirt doing what's in her heart is a great reminder that all our sacrifices are worth it.

TiEla 1 item

Can’t wait to see you display your Black Girl Magic through dance #BrownBallerina

Jamila Pack 1 item

Alyssa is amazing!

Stephanie Brown 1 item

To Support out Little Ballerina!!!

Aliyah 3 items
Anonymous 2 items + $50
Tirsheia Spriggs 1 item
Sharon Easton 1 item

To support the artists and the arts. Recently checked out and love it!


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