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Black Lunch Table: Artist Talk

Friday October 2, 12 – 1:30pm: Artist Talk and discussion

WebEx Event

Black Lunch Table (BLT) founders Heather Hart and Jina Valentine will talk about the history of this ongoing collaborative project started in 2005. BLT is an oral-history archiving project whose primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers engage in dialogue on a variety of critical issues. BLT animates discourse and initiates a democratic rewriting of contemporary history around and among the people living this history. Organized around literal and metaphorical lunch tables, BLT hosts roundtable sessions to provide both space and time for interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions. Their signature Artists Roundtables invite Black artists to roundtable discussions, while their People’s Tables invites participation from all community members. The roundtable conversations are audio recorded, transcribed, and metadata tagged for integration into their growing online archive. The archive is an aggregator, cross-pollinating discourse among many individuals and institutions. BLT also hosts Wikipedia Edit-a-thons to mobilize the collective authoring of articles pertaining to the lives and works of Black artists.

BLT is supported by Creative Capital Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation, and was founded by artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Captioning will be enabled for this event. Please contact us via with questions and requests for disability-related accommodation.