Ankhlave Arts Alliance is a NYC-based nonprofit organization (501(c)(3)) dedicated to advancing BIPOC artists in the contemporary art realm. Through our annual programming, including the AnkhLave Garden Project Fellowship, Curator in Residence, and Public Artist in Residence, we provide platforms for artistic expression and exchange. We believe in the transformative power of art as a catalyst for difficult conversations, fostering dialogue between diverse communities.

Our mission extends beyond traditional gallery spaces, as we strive to present programming in alternative public spaces within BIPOC communities. By doing so, we honor the Indigenous heritage of many BIPOC people and their diverse creative expressions, which encompass outdoor sculptures, performances, and displays in nature. Transforming spaces like botanical and community gardens into unexpected exhibition venues inspires curiosity and inclusivity.

We recognize the historical marginalization experienced by many communities within the BIPOC umbrella due to colonialism, where their homeland's artworks were taken and exhibited for non-BIPOC audiences. This disconnection can lead to a sense of otherness. Additionally, art history has traditionally been authored through the European gaze, omitting diverse experiences and perspectives from around the world. While contemporary art is gradually becoming more inclusive, there remains a need for increased representation to ensure BIPOC audience members feel included in the broader contemporary art discourse.

We believe that the most effective way to elevate BIPOC voices and the communities they represent is by bringing their artwork to the people in unexpected and accessible public spaces. By doing so, we maximize community engagement, foster nuanced perspectives, and work towards greater equity within society's cultural fabric.


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 received nonprofit standing in 2018 and continue to empower BIPOC and ensure their success beyond their immediate community, to influence creative culture as a whole.