The Artist Council is a flexible, collaborative structure comprised of select artists from the community. The purpose is to invite new perspectives, experimental practices, and cross-disciplinary projects through shared curatorial power.
The Artist Council program aligns with B.L.A.’s mission to center artists and our commitment to distributed leadership. During their one-year term (October 1, 2021 - September 31, 2022), B.L.A.’s first Artist Council supported three main projects:
Light It Up! Lighting Design 101 For QTBIPOC And Friends, Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance (San Francisco)
Ecotones, a free public art event featuring dance, music, and art performances by artists of color in nature (Oakland)
Artist Wellness Day, a facilitated day of practices and discussion focused on rest, wellness, and healing, for a small, intimate group of BIPOC Artists (Oakland)
The inaugural Council received 30% of the organization’s curation budget to implement their curatorial visions. In addition, Council members were paid hourly for ten work hours a month at the same rate as B.L.A. staff.
Thank you to our 2022 Artist Council members: