Blackspace Durham is taking a semester-long break, inspired by our friends at Allied Media. We’ll be back in 2020.
We are amazing! Since 2016, we have created fearlessly, and manifested some of our wildest dreams. We have so much more growing to do.
Thank you to our beloved community for believing in us; for buying a T-shirt; for showing up at a cypher, slam or dance; for liking, sharing and following us on social; for driving kids back-and-forth to a WokeShop. It takes a village, and ours is very strong.
For the past several summers, Blackspace has taken an annual pilgrimage to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference (AMC) — a radical gathering of social justice/digital media makers. Last year, just after celebrating their 20th anniversary, AMC decided to take the year off. They called it a “Chrysalis Year”. In their words:
“We know we have a responsibility to grow with intention rather than to simply let growth happen. We have a responsibility to make the AMC ever-more accessible, liberating, and transformative. We have a responsibility to work at a pace that is humane and that allows for spacious thinking.
For these reasons and more, we are excited to share that we will take a one year break from producing the Allied Media Conference.
The AMC has been a phenomenal caterpillar, hungry and growing for two decades, but what is the butterfly that we can become? We think it will take a year in chrysalis to figure it out. This will be a year of reflection, deep-dive evaluation, research, and development.”
We at Blackspace were inspired by the wisdom and leadership of our elders in Detroit, and have decided to claim our own metamorphosis. We are excited to announce that Blackspace is taking the semester off, so that we may do the work to grow wings!