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May marks one year since we launched ARTE NOIR online, and this month, we're shining our own light and giving gratitude to those who have helped us thus far, as well as our new team members.

First, we say "THANK YOU!" to all of our readers and supporters. You've been the wind in our sail to keep going and while we are still a small organization, we are mighty, and growing!

Sincere gratitude to Karinda Harris and Juan Alonso-Rodriquez, who have been our guiding force as founding members of our Board of Directors. Their commitment and dedication to this cause have lent an invaluable amount of support, vision, and direction. Without them, there would be no big vision to expand and we simply would not be inches away from opening a landmark Black art and gallery space in the heart of Seattle's Central District. Thank you, Juan and Karinda!

Juan Alonso-Rodríguez by Marcus Donner and Karinda Harris

Joining Juan and Karinda on the ARTE NOIR board are three new members, each bringing a depth of knowledge, passion, and skill that will help us navigate forward toward our big new future. Please meet Donna Moodie, Eric Gerard Parsons, and Raymond Tymas-Jones, Ph.D.

We are thrilled to welcome ARTE NOIR's recently named Executive Director, Jazmyn Scott, along with Marketing Manager Taelore Rhoden. Hilary Northcraft has been the glue that keeps our monthly publication together, and she continues in the role of Web and Editorial Director.

Black woman with short bleached blond hair and white blazer poses in front of a metal sculpture of hollyhocks at Midtown Square Seattle
ARTE NOIR Executive Director, Jazmyn Scott by Nii Okaidja

We’re excited to continue building the ARTE NOIR team as we move closer to opening our new space. The question of the hour is, “When will the space open,?” and we are just as anxious to announce an opening date as people are to know it. We are counting down to construction completion and rest assured our subscribers will be the first to know. Please stay tuned!

Thank you to these individuals and to our community for supporting our vision and being a part of this team. We can't wait to serve you in person and continue to spotlight Black art and culture on these pages.

Happy 1st Anniversary to us! 🎉


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