How is AT&T amplifying these Black Future Makers?
AT&T Dream in Black will celebrate the new Black Future Makers class with a string of activations kicking off in Chicago. On February 10, invited consumers can visit AT&T’s Chicago flagship store (600 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611) for an exclusive special performance by award-winning artist and inductee Big Sean, which will be streamed for the public at a later date. Additionally, AT&T will support 2023 Black Future Maker inductee, Shangela, by sponsoring her Fully Lit tour stop at the AT&T Chicago flagship store.
This year, AT&T Dream in Black has chosen to collaborate with multidisciplinary artist and animator Handel Eugene as the 2023 Black Future Maker Artist in Residence. Handel pushes the boundaries of his work by utilizing new platforms such as VR, AR & interactive technology, which will be featured through this year’s Black Future Makers portraits and imagery which will be on display in select retail stores.
AT&T is also launching a collaboration with Smartify, a platform that combines audio-visual storytelling, to demonstrate how 5G and augmented reality can enhance people’s understanding of the arts, from anywhere. Through this collaboration, Handel’s work will be featured in an exclusive short video series and will extend this year’s immersive Black Future Makers experiences at AT&T Flagship locations in Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. And in celebration of Black History Month, some of the nation’s most prominent collections – including Getty, the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – will showcase work by Black artists and makers on Smartify.
What are people saying?
“When people have access to the resources needed to unlock their full potential, the door to opportunity widens,” said Michelle Jordan, chief diversity officer, AT&T. “I’m proud of how our Dream in Black platform and the Black Future Makers serve not only as inspiration for others in the community to achieve greater possibility, but also lives up to our commitment to empower Black talent through economic opportunity.”
“The success of the Black Future Makers initiative is a testament to the great possibilities we can uncover through access and the opportunity to pursue our dreams,” said Sabina Ahmed, assistant vice president, Media and Sponsorship, AT&T. “As we celebrate the culture and the creators who shape it, the Black Future Makers are not only making a difference within their respective fields but also laying the blueprint for the next generation to breakdown even more doors. We’ve seen this come to life through the mentorship with the students of our Rising Future Makers program and we look forward to reaching even more communities through authentic connections.”
To learn more, visit AT&T Dream in Black.