AOA Supply

At A Glance


Paul Mar


Boston, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Living Economies

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Our Purpose

AOA Supply is applying for funding to support a Virtual Reality (VR) painting school in Boston. We are interested in teaching others how to express themselves by creating and exhibiting artwork in virtual reality. Our mission as a collective is to use art and technology to fill the digital divide gap between white and black artists through encompassing and passing knowledge and experiences. Black and Hispanic adults in the United States remain less likely than White adults to say they own a traditional computer or have high-speed internet at home, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from Jan. 25 to Feb. 8, 2021. This disparity is even greater among black and white artists who deal in visual arts that sometimes require the use of high-end hardware and software technology. Researchers noted that due to the lack of access, resources, and income some African Americans don’t have the basic technology skills they need to succeed in the digital age. If the digital divide persists artists in marginalized communities like Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, minority, marginalized, disenfranchised and low-income artists and youth will find their career development stunted. If black boys and girls are not experiencing technology in the same life period it gets introduced to white children, then they are less likely to become architects of that technology and its innovations. Black children then are less likely to pursue jobs in tech.