Black Table Arts is a community driven arts cooperative located in Minneapolis, Minnesota
gathering black communities through the arts toward better black futures. Complete with
a bookstore, shared workspace and a performance space(BTA) makes bold the connection
between art and grassroots organizing by providing programs that invite local artists to see
themselves as change makers and organizers of their collective liberation. Black Table Arts
commisioned me to illustrate/ design a conceptual interior/exterior space for their location.
Black Table Arts believes art makes organizing possible. Without creativity organizing doesn't
have the breath or enthusiasm it needs to sustain itself. Black Table Arts gives organizing room
to breathe for their communities fighting for a more just world. Cooperation is a core value at
Black Table Arts that speaks to the need of uplifting solidarity and intersectionality while they
organize toward a more equitable world. “We must work together, to get free together”.
This speaks to the importance of abundant thinking they believe in: if ‘we got us’ then we’re good.
At Black Table Arts the ones who have the most stake in their organization are their people and their
communities. Cooperation says we can ‘look to the future’ if we can look around and see who is
gathered in our spaces.