North Carolina Black Artists for Liberation

North Carolina Black Artists for Liberation is a collective of Black artists and arts workers throughout the state of North Carolina.

 

The signed North Carolina-based working and originating Black makers, performers, and artists are committed to building an equitable arts and cultural sector. It is our labor, dollars, sweat equity, and culture that make both burgeoning and prestigious North Carolina organizations culturally viable. As educators, volunteers, artists, and essential workers, we recognize that the moment for systemic change is now.

The history of predominantly white-led institutions benefiting from the disenfranchisement of the Black artist and community is well documented. From slavery to Jim Crow, to post Civil Rights era, to today, Black artists have been continuously excluded from the canon, been wrongly categorized, and historically disregarded as obvious by the egregious lack of Black staff, leadership, and representation at cultural institutions across the nation.



A Rendering of Reversal:




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Leverage your power, influence, and platform via structured action to ascertain viable and sustainable support to Black communities, Black entrepreneurship, and Black artistry.

  • Incorporate racial equity into your selection of vendors, consultants and other providers (catering, event planning, photographers, web and content development) and set internal goals to increase your use of diverse vendors
  • Utilize paid internships and partnerships with colleges and universities to create pathways for Black students to enter professional circles
  • Contribute to The NC Black Artists for Liberation Project. This funding could support an annual scholarship, an exhibition, the rental of Black-owned and operated space, materials and supplies for artists, etc. GoFundMe
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Ensure conducive environments for Black artists and patrons by identifying, examining, deconstructing, and eradicating existing racist policies and processes buried in the fabric of your Institution.

  • Provide complimentary admission for individuals, schools, businesses and organizations that identify as Black Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) or BIPOC-led organizations.
  • Insist that your non-Black staff undergo racial sensitivity training and social justice workshops led by Black consultants and/or Black organizations.
  • Commit to ensuring that your programs feature diverse speakers and presenters, reflect voices of the local community, and offer programming that more directly addresses systemic racism, inequitable power and the liberation of Black people.
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Honor and respect the Black creative by awarding voice, visibility, acknowledgment, and compensation that commensurates with their white male counterparts.

  • Material investment in increasing Black leadership in your organization by recruiting more Black board members, senior leadership, curators, and staff beyond tokenism with competitive wages, clearly articulated goals and timelines for equitable pay.
  • Invite Black artists and makers to participate on your organization’s board ensuring that artists are included at every stage of the decision-making process.
  • If your institution houses an art collection, demonstrate your commitment to the conservation, contextualization, and preservation of Black art by increasing the representation of acquired work by Black artists.

We recognize that the transformation of our field and organizations is urgent and is also an ongoing long-term process and commitment. Your commitment to the lifelong work of dismantling racist paradigms, systems and structures won’t happen overnight. Because of this, we are interested in implementing accountability measures for all organizations.

You, your organization and your colleagues can contribute to The NC Black Artists for Liberation Project by making a donation here. But your investment must go beyond your cash donation.

It is your organization’s responsibility to design, develop and enact a clearly articulated racial equity plan (based on your capacity, size and funding) with measurable goals in the areas of hiring, organizational culture, leadership and organizational transparency over the next six months. If you are feeling lost and don’t know where to begin, consider hiring a BIPOC consultant to assist with the development of a strategic plan.

Complacency is just as violent as silence. If in 6 months your organization stands without a plan for action, we will:

Conversely, organizations that are taking effective measures to end the inherently racist policies and procedures embedded in our field will be publicly honored and promoted.

While we understand that culture alone cannot fix systemic racism, culture is strongly connected to racism’s material effects and the violence used against us as Black artists and makers. This is your opportunity to really be the change that we need to see.


Signed:

Antoine Williams

Carmen Neely

Chris Watts

J. Stacy Utley

Jessica Moss

Marcus Kiser

Sherrill Roland

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Standing in solidarity with us:

A'lexus Newkirk

Adam N. Justice

Ade Hogue

Adria Gunter

Adrian Solomon

Adriana Blanco

Aisha Cannon

Alessandria Shines

Alethea Byrd

Alex Alcorn

Alexandra McArthur

Alexandra Snowden

Alexandra Walker

Alia El-Bermani

Alisha Wormsley

Alison Dunn

Allison Coleman

Allison Spooner

Alvin C. Jacobs Jr

Alyzza May

Amanda Skiscim

Amy H

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Vail

Andrew S Yang

Angela Lombardi

Angela Roote

Ann Dawkins

Anna Cone

Anna Garner

Anna Good

Anna Luisa Daigneault (Quilla)

Anna Wallace

Anna Weaver

Annah Lee

Anne Hawthorn

Annie Lattimore

Ant M Lobo

April Parker

Ariana F

Ash Eliza Smith

Ash Limés Castellana

Asha Iman

Ashley Brown

Ashley G.

Ashley Nickens

Ashley Proctor

Aubrey Hedrick

Aviva Imbrey

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Barent Getzoff

Baxter Buchanan

Becca Cheshire

Becky Jollensten

Bethany Eddleman

Bianca Floyd

Bobby Blue

Brandi Richardson

Brandi Schmitz

Brandon Cordrey

Bre'Anna Washington

Brenda Miller Holmes

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Brian T Leahy

Brianna Daniels

Brianna Yancey

Brittany Carlson

Brittany Solem

Bryan M Wilson

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Caitlin Cary

Caitlin Margaret Kelly

Cam Sumner

Cameron Bowie

Candy Carver

Carey J. King

Carlton Hargro

Carri Shaffner Yow

Carrie Le Chevallier

Cassie Hamrick

Catherine Armistead

Catherine Burns

Causey Brady

Cecilia Zuvic

Chad Cartwright

Chelsea Whitton

Cherrita Wallace

Chieko Murasugi

Chloé Rager

Chris Ivey

Chris Vitiello

Christian Matheis

Christopher Musselwhite

Christy Blanco

CiCi Johnson

Ciltona Cawthorne

Claire Ashby

Claire Stamper

Claudio Ortiz

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Collin D Perry

Conner Calhoun

Craig Cutright

Crystal Presley

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Damian Stamer

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