People

Viva Yeboah
Finance + Operations Director
What do you make?
Styling those numbers and peaceful moments.
What is the future?
Unfolding everyday
Where were you born?
New Orleans
Where are you based?
Chicago
Where do you belong?
hmmmmm figuring that out
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Helina Metaferia
Rutina Wesley
Maryse Condé
Mia Young aka Mia X
Miwa Lee
Transcriber
What do you make?
Primarily drawings, food, and messes, but I also enjoy experimenting with whatever media I can get my hands on.
What is the future?
In my experience, it is a number of wonderfully fickle potential realities that no one is entitled to experience but everyone is obligated to do what they can to improve.
Where were you born?
Chicago, IL
Where are you based?
Chicago, IL
Where do you belong?
Wherever I am needed.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd, Nnedi Okorafor, Sadhguru, Indya MooreMiwa Lee
Transcriber
Joey Rodriguez
Communications + Web Designer
What do you make?
Intergalactic beats.
What is the future?
A place for art and music beyond our home.
Where were you born?
Flushing, NY
Where are you based?
Astoria, NY
Where do you belong?
In my own space.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Joe Strummer, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Akira Kurosawa, Jack Horner

Eliza Myrie
Wikimedia Director
What do you make?
sculptures and prints
What is the future?
is there a future?
Where were you born?
New York
Where are you based?
Chicago
Where do you belong?
by the sea
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Sylvia Wynter, Lorraine O’Grady, Lenny Briscoe, Tracy Morgan
Jaison Oliver
Wikipedia Regional Proxy
What do you make?
I make spaces for Black people to connect and imagine together.
What is the future?
A product of chance and our collective imaginations.
Where were you born?
Detroit
Where are you based?
Houston
Where do you belong?
Among my people and/or my books.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Johanna Fernandez, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Liu Cixin
Marlo Longley
Digital Specialist
What do you make?
I make websites and tech tools with the goal of increasing access to information and resources.
What is the future?
Another world is possible.
Where were you born?
Brunswick, Maine
Where are you based?
Oakland, California
Where do you belong?
Ocean or forest.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Activists and artists who supported past struggles like James Baldwin, Grace Lee Boggs, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Lou Sullivan.
Heather Hart
co-Director, co-Founder, board of directors
What do you make?
echoes.
What is the future?
faith.
Where were you born?
Seattle
Where are you based?
Brooklyn
Where do you belong?
in the threshold.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
all of the folks on this page. <3
Kearra Gopee
Project Assistant
What do you make?
Installation/video/photo/writing.
What is the future?
The present.
Where were you born?
Miami, FL.
Where are you based?
Los Angeles, CA.
Where do you belong?
Nowhere, really.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Zoé Samudzi, Belkis Ayón, M. Jacqui Alexander, Dionne Brand.
Nichole Hart
Wikipedia Regional Proxy
What do you make?
Explorations in non-verbal communication, safe spaces, books.
What is the future?
A ripple from today. And animals as children. And Winnebagoes. And advanced filtration systems. And mutual aid.
Where were you born?
Seattle
Where are you based?
Shoreline/wherever I can find room.
Where do you belong?
Still trying to figure that out. Near the ocean, I think.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
-Alok Vaid Menon
-Storme Webber
-Mequitta Ahuja
-Sondra Perry
Jina Valentine
co-Director, co-Founder, board of directors
What do you make?
paper, ink, plans for future projects, and a small human (below)
What is the future?
a promise, a hope
Where were you born?
Philadelphia
Where are you based?
Chicago
Where do you belong?
nowhere
Fantasy League Roundtable:
children + elders
Sylvan Palm Valentine
Inspiration
What do you make?
robots, music
What is the future?
hoverboards for $1
Where were you born?
Chapel Hill, NC
Where are you based?
Chicago, IL
Where do you belong?
At the beach.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
to come…


Alice Gray Stites,
Board of Directors

Alice Gray Stites is Museum Director and Chief Curator at 21c Museum Hotels, a multi-venue museum now located in nine cities across the U.S. Stites curates exhibitions, site-specific commissions, and a range of cultural programming at all 21c Museum Hotels. Under Stites’s leadership, 21c has collaborated with artists and other cultural organizations worldwide, including Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Creative Capital Foundation, FotoFocus, Creative Time, ArtPrize, Pen & Brush, For Freedoms, EXPO Chicago, Warhol Museum, and others. Since opening in Louisville in 2006, 21c has presented over 100 exhibitions. Recently, Stites has curated Seeing Now; Albano Alfonso: Self-Portrait As Light; Labor&Materials, Fallen Fruit: The Practices of Everyday Life; The Future is Female; Truth or Dare: A Reality Show; Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance; The SuperNatural; Refuge; This We Believe, and others.

Nicole Caruth,
Advisory Council

For more than 20 years, Nicole has worked with artists and art spaces to present exhibitions and develop public engagement initiatives. Her work examines race, place, food, and health and how all these aspects of life intersect. Her exhibitions include The Grace Jones Project; Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection; Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place; Derrick Adams: Crossroad—A Social Sculpture; and Build Better Tables. She’s held posts at Art21, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and the Brooklyn Museum. She was a recipient of the 2017 Diversity + Leadership Fellowship with the Alliance of Artists Communities, and a 2019 Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital.

Lisa Dent,
Board of Directors

Lisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theater and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer and creative producer. She is the Executive Director of Artspace New Haven, a nonprofit for contemporary art. Previously, Dent was the director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital leading the financial and advisory services programs, advising artists on the full realization of their projects. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the MoMA and held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. From 2004-08, Lisa owned Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.

Hasan Elahi,
Board of Directors

Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and The Colbert Report. Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED, and the World Economic Forum. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University.

Ryan Horne,
Advisory Council

Ryan has worked with BLT since 2016 and is UCLA’s Sinai Manuscripts Digital Library Data/Metadata Coordinator. He came to UCLA from the University of Pittsburgh where he served as Research Associate in the World History Center. There, his work focused on developing open data standards to describe and model historical artifacts, geography, and events in order to visualize and inform our understanding of the social, political, and economic networks at play. Prior to this position, Ryan served as Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and he currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Pleiades gazetteer of ancient places, an authoritative source for data on over 35,000 ancient locations in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Ryan received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Sarah Workneh,
Advisory Council

In 2020, Sarah Workneh will mark 10 years as Co-Director at Skowhegan. Prior to her tenure, Sarah was the Associate Director of Ox-Bow, School of Art & Artists’ Residency for 9 years. Primarily focused on the educational program, and off-season programming with Alumni, Sarah leads all efforts to support artists in the expansion of their practices. Understanding the holistic nature of the program, Sarah oversees the admissions process, facilities usage and expansion under Skowhegan’s Master Plan, as well as the educational daily life on campus. Sarah has published a variety of texts — most recently an essay on participatory education and a catalog essay on radical education published by the New Museum. She serves on the boards of Colby College Museum of Art, RAIR in Philadelphia, and the Somerset County Cultural Planning Commission. She has just joined the Black Lunch Table as a member of the Founding Board of Directors and is currently partnering with Linda Goode Bryant & Project Eats to convert an urban farm to a food pantry in Brownsville, NYC.