Led by Kilolo Luckett–local art historian, cultural producer, writer, and founder of the Naomi Sims Project–and Brooklyn-based writer and arts administrator Jessica Lynne, who co-edits Arts.Black, this Saturday’s By Any Means symposium taking place in Pittsburgh will feature a full schedule of discussions, presentations, and Q&As designed to “broaden the scope and understanding of contemporary art influenced by black culture.” According to the organization’s FB page: “BAM seeks to address black artistic (in)visibility in Pittsburgh through a strategic convening of arts workers and stakeholders that will spark debate, constructive dialogue and positive growth to our regional cultural institutions and visual arts community nationally and globally.”
By Jennifer Baron at Next Pittsburgh:
Examining the significant influence of black culture within contemporary art, the symposium also aims to create a forum for sharing resources and knowledge, establish new connections within a larger arts network, and ensure that Pittsburgh’s own cultural institutions, stakeholders and assets truly reflect the diversity found in our city.
Established by Luckett in 2015, By Any Means produces an ongoing series of programs and exhibitions designed to expand the scope and understanding of contemporary art influenced by black culture, and to also directly address “black artistic (in)visibility in Pittsburgh.” Audiences and participants include prominent local and national artists, curators and writers, as well as cultural consumers.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended: hello [at] byanymeansproject [dot] com. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and there will be a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Carnegie Lecture Hall is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (enter on Schenley Dr.).
This story was originally published on April 18th, 2016.