MISSION STATEMENT:


AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and a growing initiative for inclusive representation of ethnicities within the contemporary art conversation.  We are a volunteer run not-for-profit agency based in New York City but work with both emerging and established artists from around the world in order to help them achieve notoriety through our art exhibits, artist talks, online artist database and magazine. We provide this at no cost to the artists.

We are in dynamic times when people are speaking up for the rights of people of color and the underrepresented in various forms of media. This has been noted in the music, television, and movie industries.  Similarly, many are left out of the contemporary art conversation due to low visibility of artists like them in the art world.  It is AnkhLave Art Alliance's duty to act as a creative enclave for underserved and under-recognized artists around the world.  These not only include artists of African Diaspora, Oceania, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, but we also embrace artists of all backgrounds who create work in line with AnkhLave's vision.  As a curatorial brand we provide a platform to showcase visual artists of various disciplines, media, and perspectives, giving voice to them in the art conversation of today.



HISTORY:


Before the name AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. we had 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, NY 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 we continued the Black Light Open Mic Show through 2013. 


After relocating to NYC, we 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, we knew that we had to create a platform for their talent. 


In 2014 the name AnkhLave was born, and so was the Annual AnkhLave Juried Art Show and Annual AnkhLave Magazine.  Additionally, AnkhLave developed various other forms of 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.  We began working with nonprofits including A Real Desire, Arts for Healing, NYC and Project Reach, and have membership with Materials For The Arts, where we grant select artists material access for work pertaining to AnkhLave programming.  Our experience giving back to the community motivated us to seek to empower our artists and ensure their success, as well as the success of other artists we may spread our outreach to beyond our immediate community.