Black Table Arts 

Board of Advisors 2020

Donte Collins 

Jamil Jude

Antonio Duke 

a Twin Cities actor and playwright. He follows in the tradition of the Griot: west African storytellers whose blessed with keeping their communities history. He's inspired by myths from the black spiritual canon that derive from the Yoruba, Santeria, and Voodoo deities. He has three solo performance pieces under his belt, Ashes of Moons (Pillsbury House Theatre's Naked Stages Fellowship), Tears of Moons (Guthrie Theatre's Solo emerging Artist Celebration), and Missing Mississippi Moons (Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant)

Sha Cage 

Janis Lane-Ewart 

Black, queer American poet. Named the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Saint Paul, Minnesota, they are the recipient of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Spoken Word and winner of the Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. 

A highly accomplished director, producer, playwright and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he previously severed as Associate Artistic Director. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival,

writer, performer and director. Her work and activism has taken her across the U.S and internationally to West and South Africa, Japan, France, Belgrade, England, The Netherlands, Canada and more.  She's been called a Change-maker, one of the leading artists of her generation and a mover and maker. Her play Hidden Heroes that looks at the lives of the Black female computers of NASA and was produced by Stages Theater last year. 

Janis Lane-Ewart - hails from Chicago, Illinois and began her career as an arts administrator in 1977.  Her work with nonprofit organizations led her to Minneapolis, MN in 1989, where she currently resides. She has  an extensive background as an arts administrator working with local, regional and nationally based arts organizations requiring expertise with operational management of nonprofits; grant writing/fundraising/development; strategic planning; project development and initiation of youth-based programs, especially within communities of color. 









our programs 

  • Black Lines Matter: Public Writing Classroom 

  • The Because Black Life Conference 

  • The Free Black Table Open Mic 

  • Chai & Chill: A Different Kind Of Poetry Reading 

  • The Glow: A Bonfire For Black Creatives. 

  • Live Yo Best Black Life Podcast

Upcoming Events
Fri, Aug 14
Women + Femmes Grounding The Soul Through Art + Liberation.
Join artists and writers Janay D. Henry, a sole proprietor based in Minneapolis, MN, Ivy irihamye based in Sammamish, WA and Lexington KY, and Maya Elie based in Philadelphia | South Jersey in a virtual conversation and workshop that centers the experiences of black women + femmes
Sat, Aug 22
Zoom Event
Black Lines Matter - Virtual Workshop For Black Poets.
Come kick it with Black Poets! Register here Our next session is August 22nd! We have a special session planed with Guest Educator writer, poet Sarah Ogutu!
Fri, Aug 28
Black Futures w/ Our Black Sisters: Artists Talk Feminist Worlds
What questions do black feminism raise to call all black men to task in thinking about a world where all black lives matter? Join us August 28th 6-7pm cst for a conversation on how black artists are shifting their lives toward a black feminist future


We offer professional developement for insitutions centered in education and the arts.  We work with artists all over the state of Minnesota to collaborate on speaking engagements, performances, writing workshops and panel discussions. Contact us at We look forward to hearing from you!