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The Black On Black Project was founded by Mike Williams after an exhibition at VAE Raleigh called "Black On Black," which was co-curated by artist Linda Dallas and Williams. The pair worked in partnership with VAE to share works that gave artists of color a chance to share their perspective on identity. The exhibition then traveled to Durham, NC inside Reed Building Lobby at American Tobacco Campus in partnership with the Art of Cool Festival. The Black On Black Project consists of creatives who understand the necessity to have challenging and progressive conversations about identity and social justice. The belief is that artists possess the societal and cultural empathy needed to transform communities.

  • The Black on Black Project curates exhibitions, events and programs aimed at encouraging dialogue between all members of the community.

  • The project documents the creation and execution of exhibitions and events, along with organizing community programming aimed at creating equity within society.

  • The Black on Black Project seeks to honor the intersectional identities of citizens by finding and listening to the voices that fall outside of the dominant narrative. This means seeking equity over equality.

  • The exhibitions are responses to the needs and concerns of the community, like taking on gentrification, education or policy. Our events complement exhibitions and projects.

  • The Black On Black Project is also developing the Jo Ann Williams Artist Fellowship, which will give emerging artists access to studio space and other resources.

Learn more about THE BLACK ON BLACK PROJECT here.

THE BLACK ON BLACK PROJECT is fiscally sponsored by VAE Raleigh, a 501(c)3 non-profit creativity incubator. All donations are tax-deductible.