Ankhlave Arts Alliance is a W.A.G.E. certified nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization for the advancement of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the contemporary art realm. AnkhLave (that’s “Enclave” with an “Ankh”) is based in New York City, and produces annual programming including our AnkhLave Garden Project Fellowship Program, and now our AnkhLave International Studio Diaries. We believe art is an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas and perspectives. Art allows people the opportunity to engage in conversations that can be difficult to confront, politically and socially, and opens the floor for conversations between people of diverse communities that may not have engaged otherwise. We believe art has the power to influence, change and even subvert culture in favor of more nuanced perspectives and for more equitable presence within the greater society.
In keeping with our mission to facilitate exchange of ideas between and within communities, we seek to present programming beyond the traditional white-walled gallery space, and in alternative public spaces for the greater community to appreciate. People under the BIPOC umbrella don't always see themselves in the art establishment as it was founded within the framework and ideological perspectives of European majority nations. For this reason, many BIPOC have felt left out of art spaces, despite anthropologists touting art as a cultural universal. AnkhLave continues to present within and beyond this tradition to increase visibility of art from BIPOC in whatever avenues necessary to change and broaden the landscape of the contemporary art world. We also continue to present art to the community beyond the the traditional gallery space.
AnkhLave has been presenting and curating pop up art shows since 2011, but it was a 2012 black lit art exhibition, one night only open mic show in a juice bar gallery of Buffalo that catalyzed much of AnkhLave's trajectory. Originally intended to be a month long show, the opening was such a hit that the space kept the work and black lights as a permanent installation and AnkhLave continued the Black Light Open Mic Show through 2013. After relocating to NYC, AnkhLave tried our hand in other industries of visual art including four consecutive seasons of New York Fashion Shows, and various exhibitions. After building a network of artists, designers and other talent, AnkhLave knew that it was necessary to create a platform for their talent. In 2014 the name AnkhLave was born. AnkhLave developed various programing including live art demonstrations in various alternative spaces including during open mic night at the Nuyerican Poets Cafe, panel discussions at John Jay College, and our Unsung Heroes Award Show at the Harlem Library. AnkhLave began working with nonprofits including Arts for Healing, NYC, A Real Desire and Project Reach. AnkhLave rceeived nonprofit standing in 2018 and continue to empower BIPOC and ensure their success beyond their immediate community, to influence creative culture as a whole.
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