March 22nd was World Water Day. Lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation is one of the most common public health challenges in many communities across Africa. This is even more of a problem with the influences of climate change which, sadly, is an issue that disproportionately affects middle-to-low-income countries. It is no exaggeration to say that the lack of access to clean water is horrific and no human should ever have to experience it.
This World Water Day, Amref Health Africa raised awareness and funds for their water and sanitation programs while also celebrating the work of contemporary Black artists. Martin was so incredibly proud to be a part of this very worthy effort.
Martin was one of four artists (along with Amy Amalia, Patrick Martinez, and Hugo McCloud) tasked to transform a 44 oz. white porcelain pitcher/flower vase into a piece of art. The proceeds from her limited edition of 150 will help fund clean water and proper sanitation to families in need across Africa.
"Working alongside Amref Health Africa on this project has been really special and a wonderful way to begin the year. I'm so honored that my art can be used to empower communities and strengthen health systems, especially for the support of women and children across the Globe and in Africa." - Shantell Martin