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According to Culture Type, a resource for visual art from a Black perspective exploring the intersection of art, history, and culture, the second half of 2023 saw Black arts leaders taking on dozens of new appointments.


Communications leaders, curators, executive directors, CEO’s, programmers, and more, spanning the globe including from Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Nigeria; arts leaders of African descent are taking up rightful leadership positions and shifting the narratives and relationships arts institutions are having with a broader community.


Even institutions founded by and for African Americans are experiencing change and handing batons to younger leadership. Charlique Rolle, an arts administrator, interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, director, producer, actor, writer, and executive director of Congo Square in Chicago, has stepped into the role of President at the African Arts Alliance, the first board leadership change in 25 years. 


South African Gabi Ngcobo, an accomplished curator was announced as director of the Kumstinstituut Melly, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Stateside, Thomas E. Moore, III, is the new executive director of the American Friends of the Louvre in New York. In San Francisco, David C. Howse was named the next president of the California College of the Arts.


Black footprints are being made in the arts around the world. We hope this trend continues upward!


Check the article and full list from Culture Type

screenshot of Black Arts Leaders

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