BLK MGK is a collective of artists formulating an ideology of a youth centered art community. Our collective envisions a world where artists can shine, thrive, and heal free of socio-economic barriers. We provide opportunities for individuals to de-stress and express utilizing an eclectic array of art forms to expand the network, the minds and reach of all artists.
As young Black artists we come from low-income backgrounds in Southern California and the Bay Area. Young people are often deprived safe spaces for entertainment expression. Nonetheless, our experiences at the University of California, Berkeley and Berkeley Community College equipped us with interdisciplinary frameworks in fields of African American Studies, American Studies and Fashion. We are eager to fill the void in our community’s need for arts education and entertainment. We seek to curate inclusive, safe, and intellectual spaces in Bay Area communities. And we are passionate about creating solutions because the arts community can be used as a tool to unify the youth of the Bay Area.
The the $1,000 seed funding would be used to expand our ARTcation retreat series which is a vacation-style art experience. With support from this seed funding, ARTcation can continue and our next ARTcation can take place in Richmond, CA.