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The Because Black Life Conference

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Black Table Arts uses creativity to unearth other worlds. Through gatherings, art and sci-fi social work we seek to conjure other worlds through black art by connecting community and cultivating volume in black life. 

Started in 2015 through the success of The Free Black Table Open Mic, Black Table Arts is centered on gardening what isn’t yet growing in the arts community in Minnesota. 

Black Table Arts gardens community through the Black Lines Matter writing program taking place at The Loft Literary Center, The Because Black Life Conference - 2018 University Of Minnesota, The Free Black Table Open Mic taking place at The Illusion Theater,  The Black Floor:Where Black Dancers Meet - Taking place at Tu Dance Company, A Garden Of Black Joy Poetry Anthology and curated events that center conjuring dreams of freedom and liberation 
 

 

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Black Table Arts works with a network of artists, educators and organizers from across the state of Minnesota. Whether you are looking for an award winning poet to perform at a school event or a writing workshop diving into the intersections of literacy development, social justice and building community power - we have you covered. 

Our artists and organizers have led professional development for Minneapolis Pubic Schools and have helped various non-profits build their capacity through consulting. We have served as partners on grants and a sounding board for developing projects. We work with young people in highschool and also facilitate intergenerational spaces. For all bookings, performances, panel discussions, consulting opportunities and writing workshops.

LEARN ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS 

Black Lines Matter: Writing Program 

Black Lines Matter: Where Black Writers Meet is an experiment in living and writing. An alternative mode of dwelling and learning. Black Lines Matter is the first public, multi-generational, multi-experience writing classroom covering black poetry in the state of Minnesota. Hosted at The Loft Literary Center bi-weekly on Saturdays 6-8p.

 

Black-Lines-Matter is a regular black centered writing meet up. These sessions will be geared toward two things 1) Holding space for black writers to create, conjure and share new work. 2) Studying poetic craft through poetry.

The Free Black Table Open Mic 

The Free Black Table Open Mic is one of the many ways all of us here at Black Table Arts announce our love for black people. Begun in January, 2015 The Free Black Table Open Mic is held at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Organized into two sections.

 

First, The Open Mic: serving 500+ multi-generational artists as a free-of- charge all-ages open mic. Second - we break bread and network after the open mic with free food and music. Come kick it. Dedicated to the performances of black artists,  this open mic is completely open to the public, but only black and people of color-identifying artists can sign up to perform. 
 

The Because Black Life Conference 

The Because Black Life Conference is a (Black)mosphere of Black Joy, Art, Education and Organizing. This conference will be an annual gathering located at the University Of Minnesota. Serving as a statewide check in and amplifier for folks across the country to lean in on strategies we are developing in Minnesota using our art, dreams, predictions, imaginations and black blueprints to cultivate the world we want to live in. 

The Black Floor: A Center Stage For Black Dancers 

In partnership with Tu Dance Company - The Black Floor: A Center Stage For Black Dancers is one of the few public all ages classrooms covering Hip Hop Dance dedicated to black and P.O.C I dancers. Intermediate level and up. No admission cost. 7-9p 

Dance is a means and catalyst for liberation. At The Black Floor we recognize music is the glue to which our movements connect. You can’t get free if you can’t move - lets shake the floor. All aspects of Hip Hop dance will be covered with choreographers ranging in style and background. This will be a chance to learn from some of the best Hip Hop dancers in the cities and dive into professional development for up and coming choreographers. Let's learn, sweat, study and build. Looking to move more freely? Come to The Black Floor - A Center Stage For Black Dancers.

LEARN ABOUT OUR STAFF

Keno Evol is a poet and educator from Chicago Illinois raised in South Minneapolis. He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Black Table Arts and The Because Black Life Conference.

 

Evol won first Place in the 2017 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest. Evol has taught at nineteen institutions across the state of Minnesota. Evol has received the Verve Grant, the Beyond the Pure fellowship, The Emerging Writers Grant and The Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for his work.


He has been published in Split This Rock, Radius Lit and Vinyl. Evol has performed, taught workshops and led professional development in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington DC, Arkansas, Minnesota and New York. He navigates noting Patricia Hill Collins as she has stated “My work has always been bigger than my job”

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