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June 18, 2020

My daughter Stella and I have had a front row seat to the protests ignited by the murder of George Floyd. Our balcony overlooking 8th Street and Broadway is 12 stories above where thousands of peaceful protesters marched during the day and a birds eye view of the civil unrest that happened over 3 sleepless nights in Greenwich Village.

We are living history. I struggle to explain to an 8 year old in truthful but simple terms what is happening and why. 
 
The Monday morning after the unrest, Stella and I logged into her Google distance learning meeting just like every school day during the new normal. I worried that nothing would be said about what happened below our balcony Sunday night. 
 
Stella's 2nd grade teacher Ms. Kwon addressed our living history immediately. She asked if everyone had heard about George Floyd's murder and if they had seen any of the protests. Ms. Kwon told us about a book she had written called "The Unforgettable Story of George Floyd" and began reading it to the class.  A discussion followed that would be the envy of the United Nations. If second graders ruled the world, what a wonderful place it would be.  READ THE BOOK HERE  if you are searching for a conversation starter with your elementary school aged children.
My daughter's public school in Greenwich Village is one of the best elementary schools in Manhattan (in my opinion). Its famous alumni include Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Horovitz (of the Beastie Boys) and many others. 
 
We have some diversity at our school. There are many different nationalities and children of color. However, there are very few black children. I would say that there is hardly any socioeconomic diversity to speak of. Attending a school like this is white privilege or socioeconomic privilege (which is often the same thing).  Ok, so it's "woke white privilege", but it's still white privilege. The question is, what am I going to do about it?
 
Here is how I am supporting the current climate of change:
  • Announcing my allyship with Black Lives Matter. 
  • Listening to my friends and colleagues of color even when they might have difficult feedback to hear.
  • Learning as much as I can about the hardships faced by people of color in America now and historically.
  • Raising awareness and money for organizations I believe are making a difference like IntegrateNYC and The Robin Hood Foundation.
  • Giving 100% of the profits from all products featuring my Lady Liberty Black and White to Integrate NYC - a youth-led organization that stands for integration and equity in New York City schools. Watch video about IntegrateNYC HERE.

I choose to support Integrate NYC with my art, my speech and my wallet. Integrate NYC is a youth-led organization that stands for integration and equity in New York City schools.  Purchase my Lady Liberty Black and White image in any format and 100% of the profits will go directly to IntegrateNYC through June 2021.

 

DONATE TO IntegrateNYC DIRECTLY

PURCHASE LADY LIBERTY Black & White 


Studio Laura Loving Black Lives Matter Statement

 
 
I support The Black Lives Matter movement challenging systemic oppression, structural racism and police brutality. I grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many countless others.
 
I stand with the black community and other communities of color, as well as those who are disenfranchised or discriminated against based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.
 
I stand against police brutality in all forms.
 
I stand against the widespread alienation of black, brown, and immigrant communities and any attempt to silence them at the voting booth.
 
I stand against discrimination in economic and educational opportunity, in housing and in access to medical care.
 
 
 
May 12, 2020

The art I created for Zoe Brands is going to be on PBS!

All of May & June ZOE will blanket the local PBS weekend cooking blocks on 13WNET, 21WLIW and NJTV, airing after every program on every broadcast format, and then another 50 times on local PBS CREATE TV and another 50 on national CREATE TV coast to coast.

Our ad will follow the 'The Bite' piece (10 different ones that rotate) that follows after each food show at the 29min & 59min mark.

WATCH THE SPOT HERE

April 24, 2020
Winners of my Lady Liberty for Essential Workers Give Away!
Kelsey, a PA from Raleigh, N.C.
 
Jean Marie, a RN from from Gilbert, Arizona
 
Abby, a RN from Trussville, Alabama
 
Jessica, a RN from Cincinnati, Ohio
April 20, 2020

Lady Liberty Give Away! Do you know a medical worker who came to New York City to help during our time of need?

Mayor Bill de Blasio told us this morning that our hospitals would not be able to function without the assistance of the military and medical volunteers that have come from other states!

I want to give Lady Liberty giclees on canvas as a thank you souvenir to 4 of these helpers. Email me at LauraLoving@LauraLoving.com

Please share with anyone who might know one of these heroes that might enjoy a little thank you art to take home with them! xoxo Artist Laura Loving

April 14, 2020

I am on the move! Stella and I are headed to a new home in the West Village. In an effort to lesson our load, I am having a studio clearance.

You can shop and purchase online via the link below or EMAIL ME for a FaceTime appointment to shop the sale.

The sale continues through the end of April. SHOP HERE

April 5, 2020

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be a loving embrace to our neighbors.

(Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm - Follow this beautiful writer on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/krugthethinker/)

February 4, 2020

Sharing my art for the benefit of others is important to me. I have donated work to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, T.J. Martell Foundation, University of Georgia, Habitat for Humanity and Food Fight. This year, my work will be included in the following school auctions for scholarships and special programs.

PS41 The Greenwich Village School Auction 
PS452 School Auction (Upper West Side NYC)
 

December 26, 2019

Want to attend a private tour of Laura's current show in Princeton, NJ at NRG Energy? Join Laura Loving and curator Heather Christensen Smith Tuesday, January 21st at 10am for a private tour of Laura's work on display at NRG.  If you are interested in attending, please email lauraloving@lauraloving.com for additional details.

Laura's "I Love New York Collection" is on display at NRG Energy in Princeton, NJ through January 2020. 

NRG’s Princeton Headquarters has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building and its strategic energy solutions are a testament to the reliable, real-world sustainable energy solutions that are possible today.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, NRG sought to design and build a new space that could withstand the effects of a super storm and support critical 24/7 business operations. Having outgrown our former office, NRG seized the opportunity to develop a new facility that incorporates today’s cutting-edge resources & technologies that characterize and bring to life NRG’s vision to create a sustainable energy future by safely providing reliable, cleaner power that enhances people's lives and delivers value to our stakeholders.

Diverse energy mix
NRG achieved LEED Platinum through a diverse and efficient mix of energy, water and sustainable site solutions. The building integrates multiple energy sources and a comprehensive energy management system monitors and manages the energy—keeping the building, and our employees, safely running.

Solar Photovoltaic: 617 kW of solar photovoltaic on our rooftop and parking lot generates about 30 percent of the building’s energy demand annually, while providing shade for employees and visitors. And on sunny days, we regularly see our solar generation exceed 100% of our demand, causing the meter to spin backward.

Solar Thermal: A solar thermal unit on the roof uses the sun’s energy to heat water for the building’s bathroom, kitchen and fitness center facilities.

On-site Energy Generation & Storage: Our 250 kW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is capable of efficiently generating most of the building’s annual electricity demand while also reusing the thermal energy produced to meet HVAC needs. We use our CHP when the opportunity for reliability, demand response or cost warrant. Our 500 kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system further supports demand response and solar energy peak smoothing. Additionally, two back-up generators – 900 kW diesel and 400 kW natural gas – are ready to kick in if we lose power from the grid or to take advantage of PJM’s demand response program.

Rainwater Capture: Collected from many points around the building, our rainwater capture system feeds rainwater into four 15,000-gallon cisterns where the water is used for the non-potable needs of flushing toilets. This helps save approximately 150,000 gallons of local water annually.

Daylight Harvesting: All the building’s light fixtures connect to sensors that gauge the presence of natural light. On sunny days, lights near the windows are either off or dimmer than those closer to the building’s interior. This feature allows us to better manage our energy consumption and save money.

Green Roof: The building’s green roof helps with rainwater management, air quality and building insulation in summer and winter. That means less energy used by the HVAC system.

Empowered
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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