People

Kevin Whiteneir
Project Manager
What do you make?
I make rituals! Usually what that looks like is dance and movement as spirituality, cosmograms, altars, botanicals, charms, folk tales. If it’s magical, you name it, I make it!
What is the future?
The future is what we imagine it will be. Our imaginations are the map to our futures, and we are all bumping up against and leaning into each other’s imaginations to shape the future.
Where were you born?
Born and raised in the South Side of Chicago
Where are you based?
Currently based in Chicago
Where do you belong?
Physically, I have no idea! I’ve yet to find that special place that makes my body want to settle down. Mentally, I belong somewhere where I have enough time to make my art, do my job, read a book or two, and play The Sims. Right now I imagine that means I am in a place where I’m not spending my free time fighting white supremacy. Spiritually, I belong wherever my grandma is.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
1. Renee Bever — host of Attack of the Queerwolf podcast, I stan!
2. Rachel True — O.G. Black witch of our 90s dreams
3. Brittany Monique Hutchison — a Chicago Black curator whose name should be on everybody’s lips
4. Tracee Ellis Ross — because obviously!
Tamanda Msosa
Web Developer
What do you make?
Installations, things and experiences.
What is the future?
The future is now, the future is us, the future is melanated.
Where were you born?
Lilongwe, Malawi
Where are you based?
Brooklyn NY
Where do you belong?
I belong in the machine as a ghost, an entity that exists but does at the same time.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Mandela, Malcolm X, Dr King and Shaka Zulu.
Viva Yeboah
Bookkeeper
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 Moore
Eliza Myrie
Project Manager
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
Cole Jones-Ford
Metadata Tagger
What do you make?
Music for the soul. Poetry for the mind. Stories for the inner child. Moments to be captured.
What is the future?
The future is a reality composed of everything we’ve ever yearned for, everything we’ve ever run from, or some necessary balance of both.
Where were you born?
Atlanta, Ga
Where are you based?
The Eastside
Where do you belong?
In the hearts, minds, souls, and ears of the people
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Natalie Cook – Poet, Writer, and Director; Founder of Atlanta Word Works and Co-Founder Little Light Pictures
Calvin Leaks – Retired Math Teacher
Akeem Bumpass – Rapper, Poet, Actor, Visual Artist, and Chef.
James Baldwin – Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Essayist, and Activist
Sam Oyelele
Wikipedia Regional Proxy
What do you make?
I democratize knowledge. I contribute my bit in making sure that uncontrollable situations, such as: economic background and geographic location, do not decide the level of learning that is achievable for anyone.
What is the future?
I envisage a future that is much less biased, less prejudiced, and far more equal.
Where were you born?
Ilorin.
Where are you based?
Ilorin.
Where do you belong?
A world that is kind, free, but still wild.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Mo Abudu
Johnny Drille
Asa
Kemi Adetiba
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.
Anina Major
Sr Archival Manager
What do you make?
I make space for others to experience narratives told through objects.
What is the future?
The future is what WE make it and that includes Black people.
Where were you born?
Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas.
Where are you based?
Based in the ether of the Northeast Corridor.
Where do you belong?
On the water with the sun warming my skin.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
Saphora Newbold (maternal grandmother),
Barbara Chase-Riboud,
Oprah Winfrey,
Michaela Coel
Andres Molina
Transcriber
What do you make?
I create artwork that focuses on the genre of fantasy; whether they are designs for characters, outfits, or landscapes, my work takes inspiration from literature, and legends of antiquity. 
What is the future?
The future is what we make it to be.
Where were you born?
I was born in the North Side of Chicago.
Where are you based?
I currently live in Chicago.
Where do you belong?
It is hard to say where I belong as many places offer different types of experiences for me. Generally speaking, however,  I say I belong wherever I am allowed to create, explore, and thrive professionally and spiritually.
Fantasy League Roundtable:
1: William Bouguereau – French Academic Painter
2: Bruce Lee – Philosopher and Martial Artist
3: Leonardo DaVinci – Artist, polymath, and a great person to learn from
4: Aristotle – Philosopher of antiquity
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…

Nicole Caruth,
Board of Directors

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,
BLT Digital Director,
Board of Directors

Ryan 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,
Board of Directors

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.