Lakers 2021-2022 In the Paint artists pose with former Lakers star Carmelo Anthony (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

The Los Angeles Lakers are strengthening their annual ‘In the Paint’ initiative by collaborating with Los Angeles-based art and culture company, Band of Vices. The 2023-24 In the Paint program will highlight the Lakers and Band of Vices’ commitment to recognizing prolific creative communities who have been historically overlooked.

In the Paint, presented by DWS, is an organizational initiative that recognizes, supports and uplifts the LA community of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists. This year, 15 artists will be chosen by a selection committee as Contributing Artists. These talented individuals will have the opportunity to display and sell their work on the In the Paint digital marketplace featuring program artists. Net proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists, as well as support the growth and development of future In the Paint initiatives. Lakers players and staff will also select up to three artworks to be purchased by the team for display at the UCLA Health Training Center. Overall, Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to receive unique exposure for their artwork at In the Paint art exhibitions, via an online exhibition and on Lakers’ digital and social platforms. Band of Vices will play a pivotal role in educating these artists along their individual journeys.

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Now in its third year, In the Paint will expand artistic opportunities for 10 up-and-coming BIPOC artists. Also chosen by the selection committee, In the Paint Grantees will receive a $10,000 grant to elevate their artistic endeavors, provide the tools to further their talents and increase exposure of their art.

Los Angeles BIPOC artists who are interested in participating can find more information by visiting the official 2023-24 In the Paint website by CLICKING HERE.