· By Rachel Dazey
Looking Back, Forging Forward
Copper Cuff Artist Relief A Year Later
It's been a year since the pandemic was in the beginning stages of changing the way we worked, lived and gathered. In March of 2020, Seth and I began to brainstorm about a way to support our fellow creatives during such uncertain times. My research led me back to one of the first materials that I used to create jewelry: copper. The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties make the science of copper incredibly special to this moment in history (and many moments before it.
As we reflect back on the change and growth from even a year ago, it's so meaningful to both receive from and give to our community. 2020 was challenging, but had its silver linings and plenty of teaching moments. Somehow this movement of sharing and giving copper to one another became a symbol of hope, connection and community while going through the isolation of 2020.
On top of directly supporting 10 visual artists, our Copper Cuff Fundraiser has supported 10 out-of-work Oklahoma music professionals so far through the Red Dirt Relief fund. That's part of the $272,000 Red Dirt Relief Fund distributed to more than 700 musicians statewide in the past year. We were so moved to hear testimonials directly from the impacted artists:
"I wanted to reach out to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the top of my spirit for the secondary assistance via COVID crisis grant. This lightens my end of year scenarios greatly and I cannot understate my gratitude..."
We are proud to continue to donate 50% of the proceeds from copper bracelet sales to the Red Dirt Relief Fund as they continue supporting musicians impacted by the shutdown of venues as we begin to find a way to gather safely.