What Freedom Looks Like: Black Artists Provide Needed Alternatives

As stars and stripes line the aisles of big box stores and buzz words like “freedom” and “independence” pepper mainstream media, we’re called to re-up on a narrative that equates early American government with ideals it stole and withheld from most of the era’s inhabitants. In the face of this dissonance, we’re spending time this month seeking out contemporary black artists that encourage us to think differently about freedom(s), its origin and location, its limitations and possibilities. By no means an exhaustive or representative list, here are three recent works by black creatives that currently have us (re)thinking…
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The Art of Storytelling: Crafting your Nonprofit Narrative

Prospective clients come to me with an idea of what they want to accomplish with our time together. In a perfect scenario, we’d have all the time in the world
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Small Shop Board Leadership & Training May 2019 Weak leadership sinks ships. It may sound corny, but it’s true. When I meet a prospective Red Olive client, one of the
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Fundraising: Thinking about the End of Year?

July 30, 2018 (updated from July 2018 post) A friend on Facebook (she’s in my hometown of Columbia, SC) posted this picture at the end of July. It was at
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Three Consulting Commandments

July 14, 2018 As a consultant, defining for myself my personal and business philosophies has been liberating. I get to choose what I stand for / against. I get to
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Do I need a Development Director?

I’ve been thinking about ways to talk about some of the real-life client examples that I think could benefit a bigger audience. One of the ways I’ve characterized my work
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BLACK ART FUTURES — Applications are Open!

January 15, 2018 The Executive Board of Black Art Futures Fund is pleased to announce the inaugural application period for prospective grantees is open, and will close on March 1,
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Black Art Futures Fund — Investing in the Future of Black Art & Culture

November 28, 2017 Dear Friends, Already It’s Giving Tuesday in Zurich and I am suffering from Jet Lag. SO here’s the deal: 2018 for me is going to be the
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The View from 40,000 ft.

Whenever I travel internationally, I never really utilize the back seat entertainment. If I’m not sleeping (I prefer overnight flights to Europe, and day flights back), or drinking free wine,
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The Case for *Representational* Art + Culture

Now, as always, we need representational arts and culture in our lives, and we need the spaces, the safe ones, in times like these. What I am talking about when
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