Afrofuturist Creator Seeks Support for North Carolina ‘Blackspace’

By Sameer Rao Jun 03, 2016

The founder of an Afrofuturism-influenced hub, creative space and education center recently took to Kickstarter to fund his vision for a new home in Durham, North Carolina. 

Durham native Pierce Freelon, known for his PBS web series "Beat Making Lab," initially created Blackspace in Chapel Hill. But as he describes on the Kickstarter page, his "ancestors communicated a clear message: go home." So Blackspace, which provides young folks with free Afrofuturism- and Pan-African-driven education and resources in social entrepreneurship and digital media, now seeks funds to open a second space. "Young people will be able to come in and learn about beatmaking, video editing and computer graphics—free of charge," he explains in the Kickstarter promo video.

The space operates with the support of a team of activists and artists (whom Freelon calls "Artivists") who lead workshops in various of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) disciplines. Participants also collaborate with likeminded individuals from Detroit, the Congo and Panama.

Funds raised through the campaign, which ends on June 26, will support ongoing programming and the purchase of musical equipment, software and other supplies needed to make Blackspace Durham a reality.

Visit the Kickstarter page to learn more about the campaign.