The Festival of the New Black Imagination

A platform for progressive black culture

In partnership with
Festival of the New Black Imagination is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Festival of the New Black Imagination must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our Story

The Festival of the New Black Imagination is about the future of black culture. It’s a forward-looking showcase for the great creativity emanating from the arts, culture, media and business that’s helping to expand  notions of blackness in the 21st century.


The format’s simple: During the day on October 15, there will be conversations, panels and discussions.  At night, there will be an afterparty featuring performances by some of the leading voices in progressive, black alternative music.

The Impact

Your support will help ensure that this celebratory, provocative and inspirational event actually happens.  Right now, there are no corporate sponsors to defray the cost of event production.  But that hasn’t stopped us from assembling a variety of voices and perspectives from people in the black creative community who are pushing culture forward.  In their explorations of the complexities and nuances of life today, we see examples of new ways to live, think and be. We want to give people the inspiration to be agents of cultural change.  And we'll do this by providing a platform for those who are already thinking about--and creating--what's next in global black culture.

What We Need & What You Get

The goal here is to raise $20,000.  The key areas of the budget I’m trying to cover:
  • Basic production and marketing costs (venue rental, backline rental, event insurance, A/V equipment, etc.)
  • Recording, editing and livestreaming of the event
  • Paying the musicians who’ll perform


I’m really set on this last point.  Making music is what musicians do for a living.  I feel obligated to offer them something beyond a hug and our eternal gratitude. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Many of you have already said that this is such a timely and relevant idea.  If that’s really the case (and I think it is!), then don’t just donate, SPREAD THE WORD to your friends, family and networks.  Please use the links above to post this campaign to blogs and other sites.  Tweet about it.  Post it on your Facebook wall.  Tumble it.  You get the idea.  Even send your friends a direct email (if they’re into that kinda thing).  Point is, you can be part of something fresh, exciting and timely!

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