Black Arts Retreat was founded in 2013 with the simple, yet profound mission of uniting lovers and practitioners of the African Diasporic Cultural Arts. Since that time, we have hosted 6 Black Arts Retreats in the Northeast United States and 4 international retreats in Germany, Dominica, Brazil, and Haiti. In response to demand from our participants, Black Arts Retreat has expanded our programming beyond retreats to include special events, workshops, and affinity groups. Visit us on instagram @blackartsretreat for most updated programs.
Black Arts Retreat is a home for black creativity: providing restorative experiences that connect participants to art, whole wellness, nature, themselves and each other. From the teaching and learning of ancient & ritual creative practices to the creation of new practices, Black Arts Retreat provides a spirited environment where people connect with African Diasporic creative tools as a means to transforming their daily living. In response to demand from our participants, Black Arts Retreat has expanded our programming beyond retreats to include special events, workshops and affinity groups in order to nurture our international network of creators between retreats. We aim to continue our work of cultural preservation & creation, international organizing and brave space keeping for generations to come.
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Donations to Black Arts Retreat go toward programming, scholarships for participants, facilitator fees, technical operation costs and retreat space. We are currently planning the process of founding our own Retreat Center and your support also brings us closer to realizing that vision!
Currently all donations go towards our BAR Kenya Scholarship and Young Kenyan Artist Initiatives. As a grassroots community arts organization, we have always raised funds to provide scholarships for our paid programs. In 2018, we were able to bring a young artist to Haiti, at no cost to them, as a result of these efforts. In the time of Covid-19, we have turned our efforts toward free virtual offerings such as regular Writing Groups and Meditation Workshops. With your support, we can continue to nourish our growing community in meaningful and innovative ways.