NOV 2020

The Power of Poster was a virtual talk with graphic designer Manassaline Coleman and illustrator/animator @blackpowerbarbie. Moderated by Collective Culture contributor Mouna Traore, the conversation was centred around each artist’s journey, the intentionality behind their work and the role visual artists play within social justice movements.

Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported, and shared the event! Because of you we were able to raise $523! The proceeds from this event will be split between Brown Art Ink and By Us For UsVisit our eventbrite page to learn more and watch the full conversation above!


blackpowerbarbie (Amika Cooper in real life) is a multi-faceted still and motion artist specializing in 2D animation from Toronto, currently based in NYC. blackpowerbarbie believes in the transformative and reflective power of storytelling, and approaches each body of work with sensitivity and reverence for her subjects. The backbone of blackpowerbarbie's work is an innate curiosity in the human condition, supported by research in the work of artists across disciplines who have come before her. Whether it is music videos, or live projections her art is motivated by a desire to create compassionate and creative representations of Black femmes and other marginalized communities, and to contribute to healthier futures for all.

Manassaline Coleman is a mindful living, food-loving artist living in the DMV metropolitan area. She uses impactful messages paired with bright colours that evoke action. Action to make positive change. As a designer, her focus is on elevating brands through sustainable design that cultivates meaningful human relationships.


On behalf of Keesha Chung, Mouna Traoré, Collective Culture, and Never Apart MTL, we want to thank everyone that attended, donated, and supported The Power of Poster! 

We were able to raise $523 for Brown Art Ink & BUFU!  We could no have done it without you!