ISSUE 15 | JULY 4 | 2020

As we continue to listen and learn amidst the ongoing protests for justice and equality, we want to share more meaningful stories and resources that we’ve discovered. Join us in exploring new perspectives for a deeper understanding of these critical issues. 
A black man walked up to a white woman singing in a park...and a beautiful moment was born. Graduating senior Madisen Halberg was recording the national anthem for Portland State University’s virtual graduation ceremony when opera singer Emmanuel (Onry) Henreid happened upon the session and asked if he could sing with her. “Musicians help show the public how to live and play in harmony through collaboration. This is especially needed during the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests,” said Onry. The improvised duet went viral and was also featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and The Today Show.
To celebrate Hip Hop, a uniquely American art form born in the Black and Latino communities of the Bronx, the U.S. Postal Service has released a Hip Hop forever stamp to celebrate its influence as part of our nation’s artistic DNA. In Print Magazine, our friend Antonio Alcala, art director of Studio A, describes the challenges of condensing one of America’s most significant cultural contributions into a minuscule image. For a more expansive history of Hip Hop, NPR's Fresh Air has curated an amazing collection of interviews with musical pioneers such as Grandmaster Flash, Wu Tang Clan, Queen Latifah, and Ice-T.
When it comes to racial bias, dialogue can unlock powerful revelations.The Look” is a captivating short story and follow up to “The Talk,” Procter & Gamble’s award-winning effort to generate discussion and understanding. This campaign broadens the narrative to show both sides of bias, and includes a downloadable conversation guide with historical context. It’s very visual and could be perfect your next Zoom hangout. The goal is not to shame or blame, but to inspire people to build a world where films like this are no longer relevant.
Our clients continue to tackle some of the biggest issues on the planet. Health in Harmony excels not only in saving the rain forests, but in providing health services to indigenous people who don’t have access to modern medicine. We wrote and designed this digital presentation to explain their work and their impact, and to open conversations with donors about the effects of climate change. See how we did it, in the description below the work. We can do that for you too! Check out our blog on tips for making your next digital presentation your best presentation.
In Barcelona, the UceLi string quartet performed a concert for an audience of nearly 2,300 potted plants placed in the red velvet seats of the gilded Liceu Opera House. Conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia formed the idea as he enjoyed the quiet of empty streets and noticed that his own potted plants were thriving. After enjoying a performance of Puccini’s The Chrysanthemums, the serenaded plants were donated to local healthcare professionals.
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