The Intermission Event: Essence Festival 2019

ABOUT US

The Intermission Event  is a creative based collective experience focused on increasing the visibility and economic growth of African American creatives. The Intermission Event pays homage to the Black Renaissance and the sophisticated 20th century cosmopolitan experience. With a focus on art, fashion, and music the social events takes you down memory lane by creating an ambiance reminiscent of the speakeasy.

According to the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, “African-American businesses have grown at an exponential rate in the 21st century.” The recent U.S. Census survey presented that there are nearly 2.6 million African-American-owned businesses in the U.S., yet why are many of these businesses failing? Two key points--Lack exposure and funding. Whether one is an artist or in tech, business owner are creating products and services, yet do not receive the adequate support to grow. 

Statistics: FUNDING 

  • Less than 1% of black founders receive funding, leaving many black-owned businesses to be operated by one person, limiting their ability to hire other employees in order to grow and build their businesses.

Art world statistics: EXPOSURE

  • In 2015 the Mellon Foundation conducted a study revealing the uncomfortable lack of diversity in American Museums. In addition according to research from Artnet , the total combined auction value of work by other African American artists is $460.8 million—just 0.26 percent of the global auction market.  

Similar to the Black Renaissance, the event celebrates creatives who are passionate about their talents, have made differences in their community, and who have contributed by enriching the lives of others through their craft. The Intermission Event is adding itself to the nationwide ecosystem of accelerators who are strengthening black business ownership and supporting creatives. With the countless platforms, programs, initiatives and conferences in place to support such exponential growth, The Intermission Event not only celebrates creatives, but our strategy is to allow them to collaborate by curating unique events that showcase their work and talents.


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HOST

SONSON®
First bow tie brand dedicated to fathers and sons. Specializing in luxury and traditional bow ties for all.

PARTNERS

PARTNERS IN C.R.O.W.N., LLC
Executive & Certified Bourbon Stewards | Bourbon Connoisseurs, Collectors & Hunters

BAR CRAWL NOLA
Cocktail enthusiasts celebrating the NOLA bar culture!

ZINNADESIGNER
Multi-talented graphic designer and creative consultant.

SPONSORS

URBAN SKIN Rx
USRx offers a full line of corrective skin care products for diverse skin tones and women of color.

BUNDTS & CRUMPETS
Over 90 hand selected premium loose leaf tea and artisans sourced from around the world and chosen for their quality.

COLOR RICH BEAUTY
Color Rich Beauty provides beauty products to empower all, supplying makeup needs for every shade and every lifestyle. This is What Beautiful Looks Like!

FLORA & FAUNA SKINCARE AND BEAUTY
Flora & Fauna is good for the planet. It’s skin and beauty products are cruelty-free, vegan, crafted with the finest botanical ingredients and made with recyclable packaging. 
 

GOOD JUU JUU
Good Juu Juu specializes in curating high-vibrational minerals and gems for energy healing.