Shades is an organization seeking to empower and provide resources and opportunities of representation for artists/creators of color. The organization intends to assist artists and creators of all mediums to be in a position where they can profit off of their own art, whether it is based on cultural experience or individual experience. The primary approach to change in the arts community will be idea creation via artist showcases, artist exhibitions, online community building, and more. The organization will also host panel discussions to facilitate conversations among artists about their responsibility as the next generation’s media creators to allow folks of color to speak for themselves and to not be limited to a monolith. Shades will create an online community celebrating and uplifting the work of artists of color. The organization will also facilitate a fem/mentorship program so the incoming student artists at Columbia College Chicago can have someone with experience and prior knowledge help them catapult their career and experience at the institution.