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Grantee: The Shades of Motherhood Network

Project Title: In-Person and Online Art Shows for Black Maternal Health Week
Year awarded: 2023, Round 2

The Shades of Motherhood Network is a Black-focused empowerment group centered around birthing people and their stories. Their mission is to ensure every Black parent and parents of people of color have support natally and culturally throughout their childbirth experience. They provide innovative resources like peer support groups, empowering community workshops, and comprehensive doula care, helping families navigate the complex, and often systemically racist medical industry.

Every year, The Shades of Motherhood hosts the community’s Black Maternal Health Week from April 11-17. Seven days of events are held in the City of Spokane to raise awareness of and activism around the inequities and racism that Black mothers and other birthing people of color face. The Shades of Motherhood events create a platform for celebrating, honoring, supporting, and engaging Black communities in Spokane and are a critical tool in raising awareness for this work, with the long-term goal of improving health equity in Spokane.

With SAGA support, The Shades of Motherhood will be creating an in-person and online art gallery with art from a collective of Black and BIPOC artists. The artists will be mostly Black and Brown people sharing the stories of Black and Brown people.