NONESSENTIAL COVID-19 Relief Campaign

We were told by employers, government, and private institutions, that we were nonessential, that “we can do it without you”.

It means that if you are not too big to fail, you will be allowed to fail. Perhaps for a second, we believed it.

But when we left the white walls bare, concert halls empty, there was still music, there was still art, there was still humanity because our humanity is essential to the fabric of society, and the spirit of the economy.

We mark this moment, when we
decide what is truly nonessential.

So we are marking this moment of honesty, when we all had to start looking at how we spend our time. When we took a second to ask ourselves if this is the only way things could be. When we came together, to decide for ourselves what was truly nonessential.

This is the moment when we realize that it is not the institutions, buildings, and venues that are essential but the people whose work, patronage, and engagement keep them alive that are.


NONESSENTIAL T-shirt is available now in unisex sizes S-2XL.

Profits are split minimum 50/50 between participating artists and a local relief campaign of their choice.

For a comprehensive list of national Mutual Aid Efforts click here and scroll down to search for your city/county.

Thank you for your support.

-Citizens Of Culture-


The Artists

Douglas Jones is a Michigan native, Detroit based artist who is supporting Compás (Southwest Detroit) and Norwest Community Collaborative (Grandmont-Rosedale, Detroit) with 100% of profits.

NONESSENTIAL Tee-Douglas
NONESSENTIAL Tee-Douglas
$28.00
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Olivia Wonfor is a Michigan born artist and photographer living in Hamtramck
with her two cats.
Supporting Women Of Banglatown with 100% of profits.

NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Olivia
NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Olivia
$28.00
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Bryce Detroit is the Afrofuturist multi-disciplinary music artist, griot, activist, and pioneer of Entertainment Justice.
Supporting Frontline Detroit with 50% of the profits.

NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Bryce
NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Bryce
$28.00
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Shingo Brown is an Asian American artist and gallery operator living in Detroit.
Supporting Free The People with 100% of profits.
(Receive free risograph print w/ purchase)

NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Shingo
NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Shingo
$28.00
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bree gant is a native Detroiter who rides the bus and takes pictures.
Supporting 62 V.A.L.I.A.N.T. PPE Fundraiser with 50% of profits.

NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Bree
NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Bree
$28.00
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Ellen Rutt is a Detroit based interdisciplinary artist and climate activist.
Supporting We The People Of Detroit with 100% of profits.

NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Ellen
NONESSENTIAL T-Shirt-Ellen
$28.00
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