823’s “Hopes and Dreams Club” Encourages Photographic Exploration

Monthly projects to inspire and motivate photographers of all skill levels

Australian producer, designer, curator, and photographer Ta-ku (aka Regan Matthews) operates 823 as a “platform for you to create something you’re proud of,” he says. The “you” in that sentence quite literally means anyone who wants to get involved by following 823 on Instagram or supporting their Patreon. An offshoot of 823, the Hopes and Dreams Club—which launched in April—is a photography group with monthly …

Ethel’s Club Offers Online “Healing and Grieving” Sessions

The social and wellness club responds to recent events and lifelong realities for Black individuals

Naj Austin founded Ethel’s Club, a social and wellness club for Black individuals and POC exclusively, in Brooklyn in November 2019 after an exhaustive search for a Black mental health professional for her own therapy sessions. She was inspired to build a gathering place to collaborate, mingle, and tackle issues beyond the professional sphere. Today, two membership tiers offer various perks in Ethel’s Club’s physical …

Artist John Zabawa’s “TELEGRAMS” Project Rekindles a Cherished Form of Connection

A request for letters from strangers, fans and friends—the promise of a response

Los Angeles-based artist John Zabawa (who has worked with Aesop, Ace Hotel and others, and was shown in a solo exhibition in Chicago in 2018 titled So Many People) announced his newest project, TELEGRAMS, with a letter crafted on a typewriter, marked with redactions and imperfections. He took to Instagram, posted a photo of the letter and left it with a simple caption: “PSA” followed by …