If we had not loved each other none of us would have survived.
— James Baldwin
For at least the past 20 years different organizations and individuals have been producing new iterations of Black Love Fest in cities across the U.S to highlight the importance of self-love and self-determination in our communities. In the summer of 2017 we were inspired by these many organizations and individuals to bring Black Love Fest to New York City with the first annual Black Love Fest NY at Brooklyn Children's Museum. Black Love Fest NY is a free one-day celebration that builds upon work initiated in the The Black School by sharing student artwork with the community. BLF NY is a public event, creating a gathering space for all people who share in love for the well-being and self-determination of Black people. BLF NY will also include music performances, art installations by professional artist, hands-on art making workshops for all ages. The purpose of this project is to illustrate the positive impact of collective action.