FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 1, 2016
Maia "CROWN" Williams
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Co-founder, Executive Assistant
(313) 451-0297, BSAMstaff@gmail.com
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMfuturismo2017
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
April 22, 2017, $6 asked DONATION.
Bronx, NY -
Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought the United States.
Our annual conventions, co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University, Reynaldo Anderson, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, Maia Crown Williams, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via MECCAcon, afrofuturism, social activism, and comic centered seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well. We also heavily encourage schools to attend in groups.
This event is largely sponsored by Bronx Museum of the Arts. The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.
Participants include but aren't limited to:
Dr Reynaldo Anderson and Maia Crown Williams, co-founders
N Steven Harris
Jason Scott Jones
Greg Anderson Elysée
Tony Patrick/ Black Card
Shauna J. Grant
Clifton Jamaal Perry
Hostos Community College
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA international film festival
Women in Comics NYC Collective International panel
BACK2BLACK: Accuracy vs Acceptance panel
INDEPENDENT FILM panel
LATINX IN COMICS panel
THE ASTRO CARIBBEAN
GAMING/ CODING class w/ Hostos CC students!
Other events with BSAM include:
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtexas2017 - February 18, 2017, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M U
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMstl2017 - March 17- 18, 2017, HARRIS- STOWE STATE U
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMoakland2017 - May 12, CAL STATE U- EAST BAY
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts #MECCAcon2017 - September 16, DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Israel, St Louis, Toronto, Barbados, Montreal, DC, Atlanta, Nova Scotia, Isreal, Naples - tba
If you are interested in moderating a panel, workshop, and/or lecture, please contact us today.Vending (limited) is also available, starting at only $75/table. Split tables start at only $100.
Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples.
Black Speculative Arts Movement is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.
If interested in purchasing a vending table, performing, having your film as an official selection for MECCAcon International Film Festival, exhibiting, paneling, holding a workshop, volunteering, serving as press, etc, please contact co-founder Maia Crown Williams at
Tables are limited.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Absolutely not! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME AND HEAVILY ENCOURAGED.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
BSAMstaff@gmail.com, 313-451-0297. Also find us on Facebook!
What's the refund policy?
We don't refund any tickets and/or donations. All funds go towared the functioning of the event, and are very appreciated.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope! You can print the ticket, or just show it to us on your mobile device, and that is just as good.