Black Love Festival

Art & Music Festival by The Black School

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Black Love Fest NY 2017 at Brooklyn Children's Museum

Black Love Fest NY 2017 at Brooklyn Children's Museum


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.


Thank you to the organizers of Black Love Festivals in Washington D.C., Richmond, VA, San Francisco, CA and elsewhere for inspiring us. 

Festival Organizers 

Joseph Cuillier 

Shani Peters

Music Coordinator 

Cheeba Cruz


Black Love Fest NY 2017