Future + Current

Upcoming Events

Black Lunch Table has been about in-person and digital collectivities.  In this current moment, it will be even more digital. We have scheduled some new online events that offer community for folks. Please see below for our upcoming events focused on editing, artists, and education.

  1. Until November 30, 2020: November BLT BINGO online contest!
  2. November 23, 2020: BLT + CBA hosts Collectivities + Co-authorship: The Black School & Emory Douglas
  3. December 6, 2020: BLT: Topic Focus w/Alexandria Lockett, RSVP
  4. December 19, 2020: BLT: BLT
  5. December 20, 2020: BLT: LIVE w/ Shani Peters, IG @blacklunchtable
  6. December 27, 2020: Online Edit-a-thon
  7. Winter 2021, U of I at Urbana-Champaign, Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, Urbana, IL
  8. February 13, 2021: College Art Association, Annual Conference, NY, NY

Have you missed any BLT: Live or Topic Focus Content?
You can watch all of the artists and events HERE!

BLT: Bacon + Lettuce + Tomato: BLT has always sought to provide a space for communion, affirmation, and discourse and has been the reason for our roundtable series’. We recognize the extraordinary need for community spaces and see value in conversation as a space for catharsis and movement, of communication and resource. Meet virtual neighbors! Bring a bag brunch to your computer, take that short commute to your couch. Noon EST, Join us!

Sunday Artist Series on IG Live: Artists are central to all facets of BLT. As exhibitions and freelance work are canceled due to the virus, what we can do to support the continuation of the archive we depend on is ask and compensate artists as they share and commune with us through a series of online “talks”. Noon, EST. Find them on IG Live @blacklunchtable.

Topic Focus and Online Edit-a-thons: Join us for online Wikipedia editing and assistance. Help record history as it unfolds by updating related Wikipedia articles, editing know-how is not necessary. In addition to regular editing together, Topic Focus sessions we will feature experts on WikiEDU, editing on mobile devices, Wikidata, and Spanish language editing. All skill levels are welcome! Noon, EST.

Play BLT BINGO: BLT BINGO is a contest series that celebrates the work of artists by working to increase information about them on Wikimedia platforms and increasing editors’ fluency with all the Wiki platforms. New cards and prizes are released each month.

Past Events

The Black Lunch Table will host a photo booth in partnership with Art + Feminism and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We will be joined by photographers Andrea Cauthen and Kay Hickman. Check out all of our portraits HERE.

Join us and have your photo taken and added to Wikimedia Commons! Saturday, March 14th, 2020 12 pm- 6 pm Cullman Education Center at MoMA 4 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host a series of events at The New School for their Centennial Festival.

Black Lunch Table, People’s Table Join a community discussion of sociopolitical issues affecting historically disenfranchised populations.

Black Lunch Table, Artists’ Table Join an interdisciplinary and intergenerational critical discussion with cultural producers on topics directly affecting the global community.

Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 91% of Wikipedia editors identify as White and 77% identify as men. This edit-a-thon offers editing training to create and improve upon Wikipedia articles about Black artists. A list of suggested artists to add or edit will be provided, with particular focus on Black artists who have worked within or are local to The New School’s community and are currently under-documented on Wikipedia.

Monday, September 23, 12:30-2:00 pm: BLT, People’s Table
Tuesday, September 24, 12:30-2:00 pm: BLT, Artists’ Table
Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-6:00 pm: BLT Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Wednesday, October 2, 12:00-6:00 pm: BLT Wikipedia edit-a-thon

The New School
72 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host an edit-a-thon at The African American Library at The Gregory School on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10am – 1pm. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 10 am – 1 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

The African American Library at The Gregory School
1300 Victor Street Houston, TX 77019


The African American Library at The Gregory School
1300 Victor Street Houston, TX 77019

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host a series of edit-a-thons at University of Ilorin, Nigeria. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora.

Friday, May 17, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019 Friday, May 31, 2019
Wikipedia edit-a-thon University of Ilorin
P.M.B. 1515, Ilorin, 240003 Nigeria

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host an edit-a-thon at Red Bull Arts Detroit. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora and specifically the Detroit community.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 2 pm – 6 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Red Bull Arts Detroit
1551 Winder St Detroit, MI 48207

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host an edit-a-thon at Arte Público Press. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora and specifically the Houston community.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 3 pm – 7 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Arte Publico Press
24902 Gulf Fwy, Bldg 19, Room 100 Houston, TX 77204

ONLINE: MONTHLY WIKIPEDIA MEETUP
Find us on the last Sunday of every month editing online together, ask questions, check in and more!

Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 12 – 1:30pm EST
Sunday, May 26, 2019 @ 12 – 1:30pm EST
Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 12 – 1:30pm EST
Location:Hangouts link here : bit.ly/blacklunchtablemeet


Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 1 pm – 4 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Fisher Fine Arts Library at UPenn
220 S 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

All events located at
Student Life Center

310 25th Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212

BLT @ VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY’S RACIAL EQUITY IN ARTS LEADERSHIP (REAL) SYMPOSIUM

Black Lunch Table project will host a People’s Table, Art Table, and a Wiki edit-a-thon session focusing on visual artists of the African Diaspora. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. Bring your laptop and bring a friend. The more, the merrier! Snacks provided.

Saturday, March 23 11:00 – 2:45
Wiki Edit-A-Thon
The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia edit-a-thons mobilize the creation and improvement of a site-specific set of Wikipedia articles that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. No prior knowledge of editing is required! BLT will provide a short introduction to the platform and will provide assistance. Bring your own laptop. No RSVP necessary!

Friday, March 22 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
BLT People’s Table Roundtable
This session invites all neighbors and community members directly or indirectly linked to the Staten Island Museum. The People’s Table catalyzes candid conversations amongst a diversity of people, representing a variety of backgrounds, professions, ages and perspectives. The goal is to inspire new thinking around critical sociopolitical issues by cross-pollinating discourse.

Friday, March 22 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
BLT Artist’s Roundtable
This session is open to artists, curators and arts workers who identify as part of the African Diaspora to join intimate conversations.  This session provides a space to discuss critical issues directly affecting the international community of diasporic artists.


RISD
Fleet Library
2437, 15 Westminster St,
Providence, RI 02903

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 1:15 pm – 4 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Fleet Library at RISD
2437, 15 Westminster St,
Providence, RI 02903

Join BLT and RISD librarians, faculty, staff, and students as we collectively author history. This edit-a-thon will focus on artists and cultural producers who are faculty, alumni, or affiliated artists of the RISD community, as well as those artists who hail from or reside in the Providence area. As with all edit-a-thons, we’ll offer snacks, training, and support!

Saturday, March 9 + March 16, 2019 @ 2 – 6pm AST
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Alice Yard, 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain
RSVP 

Black Lunch Table will host its first edit-a-thon in Trinidad & Tobago focusing on important but underrepresented visual artists, curators and art workers of the African Diaspora at Alice Yard. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. This event is free. This session provides a space to discuss critical issues directly affecting the international community of diasporic artists. It seeks to strengthen the bonds within this nebulous community and validates shared concerns through exchange. Light dinner will be provided.

Photographer, Kearra Amaya Gopee, will be taking free portraits for Wikipedia in our Black Lunch Table photo booth!
Please bring your laptop so you can join the editing and bring a friend! If you have a hotspot to share, bring that too! The more, the merrier!

All events will be at :
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, New York

Saturday, November 10, 3-6pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon

The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia edit-a-thons mobilize the creation and improvement of a site-specific set of Wikipedia articles that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. No prior knowledge of editing is required! BLT will provide a short introduction to the platform and will provide assistance. Bring your own laptop. No RSVP necessary!

Saturday, November 10, 12-3pm
The People’s Table

This session invites all neighbors and community members directly or indirectly linked to the Staten Island Museum. The People’s Table catalyzes candid conversations amongst a diversity of people, representing a variety of backgrounds, professions, ages and perspectives. The goal is to inspire new thinking around critical sociopolitical issues by cross-pollinating discourse. Light lunch will be provided.  RSVP is required.

Wednesday, November 8, 7-9pm
Artists’ Roundtable

This session is open to artists, curators and arts workers who identify as part of the African Diaspora to join intimate conversations.  This session provides a space to discuss critical issues directly affecting the international community of diasporic artists. Light dinner will be provided. RSVP required.

Wednesday, November 7, 7-9pm
Artist Talk

Heather & Jina talk to the community about the project.

Tuesday, October 2. 6-8 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon @ MCA Chicago as programming for  I Was Raised on the Internet
The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia edit-a-thons mobilize the creation and improvement of a site-specific set of Wikipedia articles that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. No prior knowledge of editing is required! BLT will provide a short introduction to the platform and will provide assistance. Bring your own laptop. No RSVP necessary!
Location: MCA 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, September 19. 2:30-5:30 pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon w/The Studio Museum @ Schomburg Library  
This engagement will be focusing on important but underrepresented women visual artists of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora.  No prior knowledge of editing is required! BLT will provide a short introduction to the platform and will provide assistance. Bring your own laptop. No RSVP necessary!
Location: Schomburg Library 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037


Bridge Books + Market Photo Workshop
Johannesburg, South Africa

Sunday, July 29:
JOHANNESBURG: WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON 

Edit-a-thon focusing on notable yet under-documented visual artists of the Black African/African Diaspora in Johannesburg (bring your laptop). Including a photo booth for Wikipedia photos! Come learn to edit, regardless of skill level!
Location: Bridge Books in Maboneng

Friday, July 27
JOHANNESBURG: WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON 

Edit-a-thon focusing on notable yet under-documented visual artists of the Black African/African Diaspora in Johannesburg (bring your laptop). Including a photo booth for Wikipedia photos! Come have your photo taken and learn to edit, regardless of skill level!
Location: Bridge Books on Commissioner St

Tuesday, July 17:
JOHANNESBURG: Artists’ Roundtable 

Engaging visual artists, curators and visual arts workers who identify as Black African descent or part of the African Diaspora in conversations around the art world and their place in it. (open to visual artists, curators and arts workers of African descent)
Location: Market Photo Workshop

Monday, July 16
JOHANNESBURG: The People’s Table 

Engaging members of the Cape Town communities in conversation around local and national social and political issues.
Location: Market Photo Workshop

A4 Arts Foundation
Cape Town, South Africa

Friday, July 20: 
CAPE TOWN: The People’s Table @ Wikimania

A People’s Table for the members of the Wikimedia at Wikimania, Cape Town.  This roundtable will engage members of the Wiki-movement in conversation around topical issues and ideas. (open to everyone)
Location: Wikimania 2018, Cape Town

Tuesday, July 17:
CAPE TOWN: WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON 

Edit-a-thon focusing on notable yet under-documented visual artists of the Black African/African Diaspora in Cape Town (bring your laptop). Including a photo booth for Wikipedia photos! Come have your photo taken & learn to edit, regardless of skill level!
Location: A4 ARTS Foundation

Tuesday, July 17:
CAPE TOWN: Artists’ Roundtable 

Engaging visual artists, curators and visual arts workers who identify as Black African descent or part of the African Diaspora in conversations around the art world and their place in it. (open to visual artists, curators and arts workers of African descent)
Location: A4 ARTS Foundation

Monday, July 16
CAPE TOWN: The People’s Table 

Engaging members of the Cape Town communities in conversation around local and national social and political issues. (open to everyone)
Location: A4 ARTS Foundation

The Highline
New York, NY

Wednesday, July 11:
NYC: Artists’ Roundtable 

Engaging visual artists, curators and visual arts workers who identify as of the African Diaspora in conversations around the art world and their place in it. (This session is open to visual artists, curators and arts workers of the African diaspora)
Location: The High Line at 22nd St.

Wednesday, July 11:
NYC: The People’s Table 

Engaging members of the communities surrounding the High Line in conversation around site-specific issues and ideas. (open to everyone)
Location: The High Line at 22nd St.

Monday, July 9:
NYC: WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON 

Edit-a-thon focusing on notable yet under-documented visual artists of the African Diaspora in New York (bring your laptop, and bring a hotspot if you have one). Come have your photo taken at our photobooth by Tiffany Smith for Wikipedia! Come learn, regardless of skill level!
Location: The High Line, 14th Street passageway