BLACK ARTS/CREATIVE/COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
This is a list of arts, creative, and community organisations that all either show support to Black people, were founded by Black people, or have Black people at the top of their workforce.
It's intended as a resource for people to find Black artists, Black arts professionals, and Black community organisations to follow and support.
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Apologies if the categories and locations seem reductive at times; the aim is to make it easier for people to find things associated with their main field of interest and geographic location.
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|Black Artists & Modernism||http://www.blackartistsmodernism.co.uk/||VISUAL ART||UK||a research project about how artists of African and Asian descent in Britain feature in twentieth century art|
|Black Artists and Designers Guild||https://www.badguild.info/||VISUAL ART||Global||global platform representing a curated collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers|
|Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue||http://band-rand.com/site/||VISUAL ART||Canada||supporting and showcasing black artists in Canada and internationally|
|BLAQ||https://www.facebook.com/BLAQconnect/||DANCE||Minnesota||A dance company dedicated to using art to liberate, feed, and love the Black community.|
|Somali Museum of Minnesota||http://www.somalimuseum.org/||MULTIPLE ARTS||Minnesota||Home of Somali creativity in North America, and a global leader in advancing and elevating the work of Somali artists, traditional and contemporary.|
Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery
|https://www.maahmg.org/||VISUAL ART||Minnesota||Preserving, recording, and celebrating the history of African Americans in Minnesota.|
|Between Two Straps||https://www.instagram.com/betweentwostraps/||COMMUNITY||Brooklyn||a collective exploring the nonbinary world of sex, gender, and pleasure|
|Black Feminist Kitchen||https://www.instagram.com/blackfeministkitchen/||LEARNING||Global||An underground school dedicated to black feminist study|
|CLIMB Theatre||https://climb.org/||COMMUNITY||Minnesota||creates customized plays, classes and workshops that build accountability, resiliency, empathy, advocacy and self-control.|
|Black Feast||https://www.blackfeastdinner.com/||COMMUNITY||California||Hosts events focused on food and conversation celebrating black artists and writers|
|Tiwani Contemporary||https://www.tiwani.co.uk/||VISUAL ART||London||Commercial London art gallery exhibiting contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora|
|Maia Maiden Productions||https://www.maiamaiden.com/||MUSIC||Minnesota||Providing an equitable and engaging platform for Hip Hop, people of color, women, and youth through performing arts.|
Exceptional, affordable music education rooted in the African American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore, and grow through music.
|Iniva||https://iniva.org/||VISUAL ART||London||Programme of predominantly british visual artists of African and Asian descent|
|Soomaal House of Art||https://www.soomaalhouse.com/||VISUAL ART||Minnesota|
A Somali art collective that provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, mentorships for younger Somali artists and annual exhibition space with educational programming.
|Tru Ruts||https://www.facebook.com/truruts/||MULTIPLE ARTS||Minnesota||An artistic organization based in Minneapolis with a history of high caliber artistic work ranging from films to theater performances, a record label to workshops and residencies.|
|Brownbody Productions||https://brownbody.org/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota||Building artistic experiences through a blend of modern dance, theater, social justice and figure skating.|
|Black Contemporary Art||https://blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com/||VISUAL ART||Global||A blog by Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) as a place for art by and about people of african descent.|
|Activation Residency||https://activationresidency.com/||VISUAL ART||New York||A New York-based residency, collective, and fund that serves and supports emerging artists of color.|
|Juxtaposition Arts||https://juxtapositionarts.org/||VISUAL ART||Minnesota||A teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop and artists’ studio space|
|Free Black Dirt||https://www.freeblackdirt.com/||THEATRE||Minnesota||Creating original theater and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community.|
|Contempo Physical Dance||https://www.contempophysicaldance.org/||DANCE||Minnesota||Brazilian contemporary dance compnay producing groundbreaking new movement approaches, innovative choreographic design, and stunning performances.|
|See Black Womxn Collective||https://www.instagram.com/seeblackwomxn/?hl=en||COMMUNITY||Global||Making visible Black Womxn’s creative labor|
|Brave Space Alliance||https://www.bravespacealliance.org/||COMMUNITY||Chicago||A Black-led, Trans-led LGBTQ Centre|
|Black Table Arts||http://www.blacktablearts.com/||LEARNING||Minnesota|
Professional development for institutions centered in education and the arts, and works with artists to collaborate on speaking engagements, performances, writing workshops and panel discussions.
|metaDEN||https://www.instagram.com/meta.den/||COMMUNITY||Brooklyn||A healing incubator curated by and for people of colour, centering queer, trans, and gender-non-conforming people|
Providing cultural performances, art and art resources for educators, leadership opportunities for students, and consulting for community business through the lens of the African Diaspora.
|Art Hoe Collective||https://www.instagram.com/arthoecollective/?hl=en||MULTIPLE ARTS||New York||online collective that provides a safe space for creatives of color|
|TU Dance||http://www.tudance.org/||DANCE||Minnesota||Acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and vernacular movements.|
|Sounds of Blackness||http://www.soundsofblackness.org/||MUSIC||Global||Performs and proclaims the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world.|
|Life Pieces To Masterpieces||http://lifepieces.org/||COMMUNITY||Washington||Provides opportunities for young black men and boys to express their creativity through art programs.|
|Mosaic on a Stick||https://www.mosaiconastick.com/||VISUAL ART||Minnesota||A community art space created to promote mosaic art by selling quality supplies, teaching mosaic classes, and creating private and commercial commissions.|
|The Receipts Podcast|
|COMMUNITY||UK||A podcast hosted by 3 creative women of colour and spotlighting on important issues facing women of colour as well as utterly bizarre aspects of modern life.|
|In Black Ink||https://inblackink.org/||COMMUNITY||Minnesota||Providing publishing arts initiatives and opportunities to communities that have been disenfranchised historically, and continue to be presently.|
|RARE Productions||https://rareproductionsmpls.com/||VISUAL ART||Minnesota||Creating visibility and opportunities for arts of color through engaging artists of color, and centering Queer and Trans artists of color.|
|Ori Gallery||https://www.oriartgallery.com/||VISUAL ART||Portland||A black owned gallery amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color|
|The Cirri||https://www.instagram.com/thecirri/||COMMUNITY||Global||A platform amplifying the narratives of Black Womxn Storytellers through education, creativity, and community.|
|Truartspeaks||https://www.truartspeaks.org/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota||Cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study and application of spoken word and hip-hop culture.|
|Million Artist Movement||https://millionartistmovement.wordpress.com/||COMMUNITY||Minnesota|
A global vision and movement that believes in the role of art in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racist systems against black, brown, Indigenous and disenfranchised peoples.
|Yo Mama’s House||https://www.yomamashouse.com/||MULTIPLE ARTS||Minnesota||Empowering mothers by showcasing their mastery of the art of mothering and the universal traditional women’s work that transforms into art making and economic security.|
|Catalyst Arts||https://www.facebook.com/catalystartsmn/||COMMUNITY||Minnesota||A small arts incubator interested in the intersection of art, activism and artists who define themselves as change-makers.|
|bklyn boihood||https://www.bklynboihood.com/||COMMUNITY||Brooklyn||collective for queer boys of color who lead art projects in communities across the US and Canada|
|Afrotectopia||https://www.afrotectopia.org/||COMMUNITY||New York||Hosts an annual new-media festival as well as doing summer camps, providing college scholarships, and supporting black-owned businesses.|
|Ethels Club||https://www.instagram.com/ethelsclub/||COMMUNITY||Brooklyn||A social and wellness club designed to celebrate people of color, online and IRL.|
|Brown Art Ink||http://brownartink.com/||VISUAL ART||Global||supports black and Latinx artists through paid opportunities to show work in museums, galleries, and public spaces.|
|Spicy Zine||https://spicyzine.com/||PUBLISHING||Global||Collective of women and queer/trans people of color working at the intersection of art, organizing, and publishing.|
|Black Visual Artists||www.blackbritishvisualartists.com||VISUAL ART||London||Directory of black british artists|
|Voice of Culture Drum and Dance||https://www.facebook.com/voiceofculture/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota||Dedicated to the preservation of West African arts and culture.|
|Femmepremacy||https://www.instagram.com/femmepremacy/?hl=en||COMMUNITY||New York||A QTPOC party/workshop/event space centering Black femmes|
|Black Women Speak|
|COMMUNITY||Minnesota||Cultivating a community with black women, giving voice to their experiences as a way to heal, find joy and move towards liberation on their own terms.|
|Pillsbury House Theatre||https://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/||THEATRE||Minnesota||Creating challenging theatre that inspires enduring change towards a just society.|
|NEW DAWN Theatre||http://newdawntheatre.org/||THEATRE||Minnesota||Illuminating and supporting cutting edge works of overlooked, underrepresented communities through innovative, exciting and excellent theater productions.|
|The Blk Art Group Research Project||http://www.blkartgroup.info/||VISUAL ART||UK||Promoting debate, enquiry, scholarship and understanding of what has become known as the British 'Black Art Movement’ of the 1980’s|
|Black Trans Femmes in the Arts||https://www.instagram.com/btfacollective/||MULTIPLE ARTS||Global||collective that connects black trans women and non-binary femmes of the art world.|
|Black Storytellers Alliance||http://blackstorytellers.com/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota||Storytelling by African people in the Diaspora.|
|By Us For Us||http://www.bufubyusforus.com/||COMMUNITY||New York||a collective of queer, femme, non-binary Black and POC artists and organisers|
|Black Lunch Table||http://blacklunchtable.com/||COMMUNITY||Global|
hosts roundtables focused on critical race-related issues and also hosts Wikipedia edit-a-thons to expand entries about the lives and works of black artists. All conversations are archived online.
|Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic||https://blackgirlmagic.art/||LEARNING||London||A Podcast and online classes exploring the contemporary and historical practices of women and non binary artists|
|The Harlem Arts Alliance||https://www.harlemaa.org/||MULTIPLE ARTS||New York|
Network of established and emerging visual and performing artists, businesses, and institutions that partners with major arts institutions in New York to increase its members’ visibility.
|Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions||https://www.alannamvt.com/||DANCE||Minnesota||producing solo dance works, global commissions, and educational programs that spearhead community-building initiatives that assist mid-career women.|
|Woke Kindergarten||https://www.wokekindergarten.org/||LEARNING||New York||Liberation and abolition based learning for early learner education|
|Black Arts Forum||https://www.blackartsforum.co.uk/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||UK||Providing support to emerging and established individuals and organisations to make their work more visible, promote their activity and have more black leaders in the arts.|
|Threads Dance Project||https://www.threadsdance.org/||COMMUNITY||Minnesota||Examining, exposing, and celebrating the threads that connect us. Bettering humanity through dance, education and outreach.|
|P0STB1NARY WORLD||https://www.instagram.com/p0stb1nary/||VISUAL ART||Washington DC||Global, DC based arts platform and network uplifting Black and non-white trans and gender expansive people.|
|We Are Here||https://www.instagram.com/wearehereuk/||VISUAL ART||London||Artist led platform led by British, BAME women and non-binary artists.|
|Carlyle Brown & Company||http://carlylebrownandcompany.org/||THEATRE||Minnesota||Creating plays that dramatize historical events in a way that makes them accessible to present-day audiences.|
|(F)empower||https://linktr.ee/fempowermia||COMMUNITY||Miami||collective organises online events to promote the work of black and brown feminist artists.|
|Dark Muse Performing Arts||https://darkmusearts.squarespace.com/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota||A black woman-owned arts organization for theatre, music, dance, poetry, spoken word, drag, burlesque, astronomy adventures, stand up, and comedy|
|Penumbra Theatre Company||https://penumbratheatre.org/||THEATRE||Minnesota|
Creating professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought-provoking, and relevant and illuminate the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
|The Cedar Cultural Center||https://www.thecedar.org/||MUSIC||Minnesota||Promoting intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance.|
|Shades of Noir||https://shadesofnoir.org.uk/||COMMUNITY||UK||Provoking and encouraging both dialogue and cultural value, within the arts and higher education. They also have a database of creative people of colour.|
|Women's Centre for Creative Work||https://womenscenterforcreativework.com/||VISUAL ART||Los Angeles|
A centre that cultivates L.A's feminist creative communities, explicitly intersectional & working towards a feminism prioritizing women of color, queer, trans and nonbinary communities.
|Black Blossoms||https://www.instagram.com/blackblossomss/||VISUAL ART||London||An intersectional & intergenerational platform which exhibits and supports Black women and non-binary visual artists at all stages of their career.|
|Black Girl Magik||https://blackgirlmagik.com/||VISUAL ART||US||Collective of artists that hosts lectures, workshops, and events for women and girls from the African diaspora.|
|Lin Kam Art||https://linkamart.com/||COMMUNITY||London||Happenings, experiences and programmes using, mainly the Arts as a vehicle for wellbeing, primarily for the benefit of young people.|
|Blackout Improv||https://www.blackoutcomedy.org/||PERFORMING ARTS||Minnesota|
A mix of comedy, social justice and arts access. Putting more black performers on more stages, creating comedic dialogue around serious truths, providing improv access for black students.
|Professional Black Girl||https://professionalblackgirl.com/||COMMUNITY||Global||A multi-platform digital community that celebrates the everyday, round-the-way culture of Black women and girls.|
|Black Gals Livin'||https://linktr.ee/blackgalslivin||COMMUNITY||UK||A podcast hosted by two black women chatting about mental health, pop culture and random shenanigans every Monday.|
|Eclipse Theatre||https://eclipsetheatre.org.uk/||THEATRE||UK||The leading Black-led touring company in the UK, at the forefront of delivering diverse programming in theatre, film and radio.|
|Black Cultural Archive||https://blackculturalarchives.org/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||London||National institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of diverse people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.|
|The Black Heroes Foundation||https://www.blackheroesfoundation.org/||COMMUNITY||London||Developing cultural awareness, promoting a world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated.|
|Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health||https://blamcharity.com/||COMMUNITY||London||A community project that aims to ensure the young Black Diaspora are celebrated, recognised and established in the years to come.|
|Culture Tree||http://www.culturetree.co.uk/||COMMUNITY||London||Preserving and promoting African languages, arts and culture through online classes, arts and crafts workshops, and other events.|
|Black Art Futures Fund||https://www.blackartfutures.org/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||US||A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. They also have a list of all grantees.|
|National Black Arts||http://nbaf.org/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||US||A nonprofit organization with a legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, and the literary arts.|
|The Oakland Second Line Project||https://www.theoslp.com/||COMMUNITY||Oakland||Bringing free quality black cultural arts community experiences to black neighborhoods while appreciating and supporting local black arts and artists.|
|The House of Malico||http://www.thehouseofmalico.com/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||Oakland||A multi-medium art production platform re-imagining contemporary culture through the vision and voices of (queer) women of color.|
|SambaFunk||http://sambafunk.com/||PERFORMING ARTS||California||A collective of dancers, musicians, artists and community members, bringing to life the essence of Carnaval in our work.|
|African American Arts and Culture Complex||http://aaacc.org/||COMMUNITY||San Francisco||Facilitating the empowerment of the community through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education, and programming.|
|Museum of the African Diaspora||https://www.moadsf.org/||VISUAL ART||San Francisco||A contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.|
|AfroSolo Theatre Company||http://events.afrosolo.org/||MUlTIPLE ARTS||San Francisco||Nurturing, promoting, and presenting Black art and culture through solo performances, music, forums, workshops, panels, and the visual and literary arts.|
|African-American Shakespeare Company||https://www.african-americanshakes.org/||THEATRE||San Francisco|
Open the realm of classic theatre to a diverse audience; and provide an opportunity and place for actors of color to hone their skills and talent in mastering some of the world’s greatest classical roles.
|Lorraine Hansberry Theatre||https://www.lhtsf.org/||THEATRE||San Francisco||Celebrating the African-American experience on stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.|
|The EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center||https://www.eastsideartsalliance.org/||COMMUNITY||Oakland||Presenting free youth art classes, cultural programming, public art projects, ongoing gallery exhibitions, community town halls, and the annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival.|
|198 Contemporary Arts||https://www.198.org.uk/||VISUAL ART||London||An art space and gallery in Railton Road, Brixton, London, that for more than three decades has had a strong commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.|
|The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)||https://www.gafraart.com/||VISUAL ART||London||Showcasing contemporary African art from established and emerging artists from the continent and its diaspora.|
|Young Black Artists||https://www.youngblackartists.com/||VISUAL ART||Global||Helping young Black artists promote their work through social media.|