T H E   R O L L   U P  in Charlotte, NC  [2016 - Present]

 

The Roll Up is an ethical, long-term, community redevelopment project that explores possibilities for economic improvement through people, community arts and creative strategies. Through the transformation of a residential space in a historically Black neighborhood mired in persistent poverty and concentrated disadvantage, this embedded artist-in-residence program connects artists directly to community through pedagogical collaborations, community dialogues and participatory interventions. By connecting communities and artists as neighbors, the goal is to enhance the overall community well-being, transform people and neighborhoods, and create a space to contribute to social change. 


Through month-to-one year term residencies, invited Black artists with a track record for excellence and community engagement are provided with a residence, space to produce and critique work, a materials budget, meal stipend, transportation stipend and an unrestricted honorarium. Artists are encouraged to build relationships with community members, to engage them in their creative practice, and to utilize the garage, which functions as the exhibition space, as a site for collaboration. An extension of the residency is a Fellowship program and Internship component that support two Charlotte-based emergent artists/arts administrators under the age of 25 with compensation, mentorship, professional credentials and the practical experience necessary to establish a career in the field.

You can support this project by donating H E R E .

The 2018 Roll Up resident artist was award-winning international photographer, physician and educator Zun Lee.

The 2019 Roll Up resident is visual artist, educator and freedom fighter $HAN Wallace from East Baltimore, MD.
The 2020 Roll Up residents are literary artists Ashley Nickens and Kia O. Moore from Charlotte, NC.

SIBYL'S SHRINE  in Pittsburgh, PA  [2019 - Present]

Sibyls Shrine is an artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The program uplifts Black creative mothers with opportunities for skill-sharing, self-care, safe space, and financial support in an effort to further develop their craft and presence in the arts. Sibyls Shrine is an homage to the Sibyls, the original priestesses of the Black goddess Mami Wata. The term, which predates Greek history, was used to name the guardians of the Matriarchy.

The urgent need for Sibyls Shrine is underscored by the release of the “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race” report by the Gender Equity Commission of the City of Pittsburgh in 2019. Stark data across multiple categories showed the numerous ways in which Pittsburgh is one of the worst places in the country for Black women to live. When compared to white men and women, life is exponentially more difficult for Black women in Pittsburgh, a reality that has long been experienced by these residents. Sibyl's Shrine has the potential to create a first-of-its-kind residency supporting a population that has been faced, for centuries, with the intersecting oppressions of racism and sexism, on top of the rigors of motherhood and housework. For these womxn, time and space to create artwork is a luxury. By providing financial assistance and support for childcare as well as other daily needs such as groceries and cleaning, this project creates a structure that directly addresses the systemic and structural factors that oppress Black womxn, promising to positively impact a population acutely in need.

 

In supporting Black creative mothers, Sibyls Shrine has the power to change the landscape of the larger art world and amplify the stories of Black mothers, while strengthening the Black community through connectivity, mutual aid, and financial and creative support.

 

Learn more about this project H E R E. 

NC BLACK ARTISTS FOR LIBERATION [2020 - Present]

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.

 

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.

 

You, your organization and your colleagues can contribute to The NC Black Artists for Liberation Project by making a donation H E R E.

But your investment must go beyond your cash donation.

A B O V E G R O U N D    R A I L R O A D    S C H O L A R S H I P  at  Elsewhere  in Greensboro, NC  [2018 - Present]

Initiated in 2018 by artist, writer and entrepreneur Jessica Gaynelle Moss, in partnership with Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC, the ABOVEGROUND RAILROAD Scholarship is a scaffolding artwork that reclaims space, honors ancestors who’ve paved the way, and prepares the next generation of young black female arts administrators with an opportunity to develop a unique skill set, building upon their existing interests, that prepares them with a successful launching pad for a career in the Arts industry.

T H E   S P H E R E :  ART HISTORY  S E R I E S   in Charlotte, NC  [2017 - 2019]

Initiated by Hilary Burt, Professor of Art History and Arts Leadership + Administration at Queens University, Liz Faison, private collector and Board Member of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Jessica Moss, artist, academic scholar and arts educator, The Sphere: Art History Series is a monthly social intended to provide insight into artists, their traditions, techniques and the art movements they are often associated with. Beginning in October 2017, the Sphere: Art History Series has traveled to over 30 unique cultural spaces throughout the city for one-of-a-kind events, hosted by Charlotte’s most creative educators, academics and leaders. These casual and educational mini-courses will focus on the cultural, political and historical context of a specific art movement by an expert in the field.

 

T H E  A R T S  A D M I N S  O F  C O L O R  N E T W O R K  (AACN)  in Chicago, IL [2015 - 2016]

The Art Admins of Color Network (AACN) is a Chicago-based collective, exchanging programming insights and ideas as Black people working in the arts & humanities. AACN's charter vision is to become a 'go-to' think tank and platform where AACN members are recognized as tastemakers on the cutting edge of innovative cultural production---within the Chicago art world in general but within Chicago's marginalized art world(s), in particular. AACN's mission is to deliver critical presentation insights and initiatives that enlighten and empower artists/ audiences/ critics/ producers/ venues/ donors & funders to seek and support boundary-pushing arts programming.

T H E   B L A C K   L A D Y   C A U C U S  in Chicago, IL  [2013 - 2016]

Led by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Arts Administration graduate students, Jaleesa Wells, Jennie Crichlow and Jessica Moss, The Black Lady Caucus began as a weekly open discussion forum about black women in today’s society. From 'Making Black History' to the Sunday Home Series [SHS], programs generally investigate and contemplate current events and popular culture and focus on issues from media representation to hyper-visibility.

Educated and motivated to expand the boundaries of the box in which black women are continuously placed within, the challenge of the Black Lady Caucus is to actively confront issues that appear to be intangible and yet directly impact each and every one of us. The Black Lady Caucus aims to combine the ideas, creations, and personal experiences of participating members in a critical discourse and to empower that network.

 

Photo: Mitchell Kearney / Website @ 2023 by Parker Owen

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