We wanted change. We wanted to see ourselves in the story.
All too often, the career journeys of BIPOC creators are hindered by racial, socioeconomic, gender-based, sexuality-based and other institutional barriers to entry. The perpetual gatekeeping of professional resources, work opportunities, and access to industry knowledge not only prevents equitable opportunity for creators of color to succeed, but also pushes our experiences, stories, and values to the margins of the national narrative. We want to eliminate these barriers by pooling our collective expertise, connections, and experiences to make resources more accessible to people of color while keeping the power in the hands of BIPOC creators themselves.
CCC was founded in 2020 by RasAmen Oladuwa and Olivia Torres, two Fort Wayne-based marketing professionals who saw a lack of diverse voices in their fields and decided to create their own opportunities for professional development. In October of 2020, they launched the first Dog Days of Autumn event to test their skills, connect with their community, and celebrate the impact pets have had on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this experience, they found like-minded creators looking to help expand and shape CCC’s purpose and goals.
In 2021, CCC introduced its first “BIPOC Futures” event entitled “Afro-futurism in Mid-Sized Cities,” a Juneteenth celebration and panel event featuring local and national Black experts in art, politics, city development, and activism. This became our second annual event and we hope to invite new cultural knowledge discussions to our community each year.