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 distinct 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. In 2018 we held Black Love Fest at Sugar Hill Museum. Black Love Fest 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 will also include music performances, art installations by professional artist, and hands-on art making workshops for all ages. The purpose of this project is to illustrate the positive impact of collective action.
Music Director DJ Elevated
Programs Director Zach Taylor
Marketing Director Cierra Liggins
Designer Jerome Harris
Architect Preston Gaines