Home décor brand MacKenzie-Childs has selected the five winners of its inaugural MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design.
Recognizing the importance of education, MacKenzie-Childs launched the scholarship program to help Black students pursuing their future careers in the arts and design. Students had to submit an essay about where they find inspiration for their art and creativity and how they see that shaping their future. The winners are: Guidance Gunundu, Tai Campbell, Amuri Morris, Javier Evans and Temesgen Besha. They will each be awarded $5,000 to put towards higher education.
MackKenzie-Childs believes design impacts almost everything around us and it should thrive in nontraditional forms, it said. The newly dubbed “MacKenzie-Childs Scholars” work across, and find inspiration in, a number of unique platforms and fields, from film and fine art to engineering.
Each MacKenzie-Childs Scholar shared a quote about what design means to them:
- Gunundu: “Design empowers me to tell my story in a uniquely visual way. It inspires me to empower generations and effectively depict my history, culture, surroundings and my creativity.”
- Campbell: “Design is one of the only things that allows me to freely express myself. It inspires me to use creativity not only as an outlet