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 is obvious by the egregious lack of Black staff, leadership, and representation at cultural institutions across the nation.

A Rendering of Reversal:

1. 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 will support an exhibition, provide honorariums for participating artists, a curatorial fee, space rental of a Black-owned and operated space, materials and supplies for artists, shipping, insurance and other exhibition-related expenses and incidentals. Our GoFundMe

2. 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.

3. 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:
  • Alert your high level donors, both individuals and large corporations, of your inadequacy.
  • Ask your board members to divest from your organization and instead focus their efforts towards individuals, organizations, and spaces that are actively doing the work to dismantle racism.
  • Flag specific racist policies or procedures that are inherently racist at your specific organization.

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.

Marcus Kiser
Jessica Moss
Carmen Neely
Sherrill Roland
J. Stacy Utley
Chris Watts
Antoine Williams

Standing in solidarity with us:

Brian T Leahy Grace Stott
Brian M Wilson Lydia Thompson
Jordan T. Robinson Cameron Bowie
Morgan Maxwell Chris Ivey
Danielle Carelock Rebecca Henderson
Jess Masanotti Lila Allen
Ruby Ferguson Emily Ensminger
Shareese D. Castillo Yoori Shin
Chris Vitiello Anna Cone
Chad Cartwright Nadia Phillips
Bryan M Wilson Iris Williamson
Carey J. King Sonya Pfeiffer
Aubrey Hedrick Davita Galloway
Cecilia Zuvic Annie Lattimore
Cait Nolan Lien Truong
Dennissa Young Ryan Macon
Chieko Murasugi Saba Taj
Hồng-Ân Trương Catherine Burns
Jennifer Meanley Andrea Vail
Devon McKnight Crystal Presley
Jasmine Best Chloé Rager
Erika Sanchez LaDara McKinnon
Brandon Cordrey Elizabeth Arzani
Evie Vanderveer Meagan Long
Mitchell Kearney Kulsum Tasnif
Sasha Lara Anna Garner
Elder Gallery Of Contemporary Art Telvin Wallace
Brianna Daniels Helen Schwab
Johannes Barfield Fidaa Abudayeh
Goldeicreations Susan Hendley
Becky Jollensten LaTiss Davis
Rahkie Mateen John David Ralls
Ilina Ewen Barbara Campbell Thomas
Ocean Hak-Kuhn Ricky Raines
Jalonda B. Graham E’Vonne Coleman
Alexandra McArthur Adrian Solomon
Alexandra Walker Ashley Nickens
Kwaku Osei Cam Sumner
Bethany Eddleman Thomas P. Boyle
Lizzie Duggan Nelly Kate
Sarah Kordulewski Taylor McKusick
Ashley Proctor Terri Jones
Marian Azeb Mereba Jessica Foster
Liz Miller Emilie Paiva
Xross (cross) Mia McManus
Amy H Christy Blanco
Megan Sullivan Baxter Buchanan
Sean Marimpietri Kay Tuttle
Andrea Phillips Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo
Maryssa Pickett Ashley Brown
william cordova Natalie Strait
Hannah Shaban Meg Stein
Katie Causey Miller Sonja Langford
Mick Winston David A Hamlow
Erica Collier Debbie Robbins
Kate Robinson Jaclyn Bowie
Kulsum Tasnif Bre'Anna Washington
Logan Cyrus HNin Nie
Catherine Burns Anna Weaver
Angela Roote Aviva Imbrey
Luke Hodges Catherine Armistead
Erika Hirugami, MAAB. Jasmine Best
Katy G Collier Yana Rene’
Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay Sandi Carter
Wendy Earle Justus W. Harris
Matthew Giddings Matt Olin
Alia El-Bermani Aisha Cannon
Laura Little Gesche Würfel
Claudio Ortiz Ant M Lobo
Erica Porter Candy Carver
Kate Nation Jamila Brown
Emily Power Anna Good
Laura Ritchie Mavis Gragg
Janee Caulton Donell stinesjones
Nell Fortune-Greeley Quincy Lee
Alvin C. Jacobs Jr Teddy
Shihad Jackson Caitlin Margaret Kelly
Joyce Weaver Carrie Le Chevallier
Sasha Lara Kelly Sheppard Murray
Sydney Sherrill Gingrow Lisa Homann
Bobby Blue Anna Luisa Daigneault (Quilla)
Sunny Spillane Nicole Calderon
Catherine Burns Claire Ashby
JuJu Holton Chelsea Whitton
Maurice Moore Alison Dunn
Jane Cassidy Alex Alcorn
Patrick Haren Southern Arts Movement
Grace Clark Leah Sobsey
Alyzza May Justin Tornow
Carri Shaffner Yow Annah Lee
Sarah Kordulewski Sarah Ingel
Megan Payne Amanda Skiscim
Erika Corey Whitney Stanley
Scott Summers I'Nasah Kiam Crockett
Slater Mapp Dylan Gilbert
Craig Cutright Julianna Nwobi
Kristy Breneman Mollie Whalen
Adria Gunter Jillian Doherty
Elle Ivy Green Pete Harvey
Taya Lindsey Ida Mae
Kelsey Brand Hanna Propst
Mike McCray Gracelee Lawrence
Tierney Steelberg Steven M. Cozart
Brandi Schmitz Dani Brockington
Ashley G. Matthew Fitzgerald
Becca Cheshire Carlton Hargro
Trey Roberts Will Bruno
Melissa Richard Rhiza Stirning
Sabrina Melton Allison Spooner
Cassie Hamrick Leonard C Muckle
Sam Naber Barent Getzoff
Angela Lombardi Morgan O
Gabe Duggan Claire Stamper
Causey Brady William J Carpenter
April Parker Heather Fortney
Brianna Yancey Brittany Carlson
Leala King Nina Ward
Jessika S. Johnson Collin D Perry
Dane Winkler Kay Tuttle
C. Renee Ade Hogue
Sydney Steen Ash Eliza Smith
Meghan Smith Aviva Imbrey
Brittany Carlson Mary Poole
Nyla Rudisill-Black Ann Dawkins
Dalia Dalili Regina Robertson
Julia Caston James L Williams
Richelle Soper Alexandra Snowden
James L Williams Derek Toomes
Veronica Ann Neely Michael Neely
Gui Portel A'lexus Newkirk
Irina Toshkova Brittany Solem
Kate Freitag Erin Kye
Krista Hoefle Maria Britton
Monet Noelle Marshall Mirra Goldfrad
Kulsum Tasnif Colby Caldwell
Anna Wallace Gale Manning
Stacey L Kirby Jeel Storelli
Lorraine Turi Trey Robers
Stephen Morrison Massie Minor
Heather Gordon William Jenkins
Destiny Stone Pete Sack
Ricky Singh HannaH Jean Crowell
Adam N. Justice Kat Cramer
Julia Butcher Naomi Chambers
Megan Howard Samantha Reynolds
Nolan Purvis Dylan Sierra Rushing
Olga Brindar Katherine Mooring
Sandrine Gibbons Tiffany berry
KHEM Liz Fitzgerald
Ash Limés Castellana Alisha Wormsley
LaMont Hamilton Joey Emanuel
Jimese Orange Conner Calhoun
Michelle Freeman Jenelle Hanes
Ron Everett Joseph Navarra Jr
Martez Prince Kirby Slade
John Paul Feliciano Demarcus Williams
Alethea Byrd MR Toomey
Demarcus Williams Jermaine Coles
Alethea Byrd FAITH Anthony MEJIA
ariana f Nick Harris
Marcus Belvin Julie Pitts
Will Gilreath Cherrita Wallace
SoL Gonzalez -Feliciano Alessandria Shines
Conner Calhoun Judie Bamber
Andrew S Yang Dr. Keith Cradle
Rory D Sheriff Brenda Miller Holmes
Stephanie J. Woods