before belonging

before belonging is our first audio walking tour, commissioned for Open House New York Weekend 2020. The walk is seven stops along Broadway from Bowling Green to Duane Street, narrated by Kamau Ware.

Let us know what you think!

On Display-Black Spaces


Thursday May 21st 6-7pm | @blackgotham | @weeksvilleheritagecenter
Join us for a conversation about the @allartstv All Arts “On Display” Episode 4: Black Spaces.
Produced and hosted by Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Episode 4 looks critically at how organizations like the Weeksville Heritage Center and Black Gotham Experience celebrate and preserve Black spaces.
Rob Fields and Kamau Ware will be in dialogue about the episode and the implications for Black spaces in the time of COVID-19 as well as field questions from the interdisciplinary collective BlackSpace.
Brett Banks whose exhibition was on display in the episode will speak with Kamau Ware about preparing for the next normal with creativity and love.



Kamau Ware | Founder & Lead Creative

William Ellis | Experience Curator

Lauren Stockmon Brown | Content Producer & Writer

Denise Ochola | Production Manager



Habibah Ahmad

Rasul Murray

Kei Williams

Albert Christmas


Production Assistants

Rae Brown

Elijah Rodriguez


Advisory Board 2019-2020

Autumn Rain

Dr. Bernie Russell

Essien Leroy

Ibrahim Greenidge

Kaya Chwals

Michael Dinwiddie

Paul Shirk

Ribka Getachew

Robyn d’Avignon

Sean Chriss

Xaviera Moorer



Today at Apple












In celebration of Black History Month, explore how to design a walking tour that tells a story with Kamau Ware and GoodWill of Black Gotham Experience. He’ll share how he crafts his walking tours to celebrate the influence of the African Diaspora on New York City. You’ll create the map for a walking tour of a special place or neighborhood in Keynote with iPad and Apple Pencil. #fifthavenuecreates #todayatapple #insideblackgotham





Nerdy Thursdays 2.27.2020












Black Gotham Experience (BGX) is partnering with City School of the Arts (CSA) to produce the first ever youth focused Nerdy Thursdays event. Nerdy Thursdays is a signature event that originated in New York City’s historic Seaport District in spring 2017 as a book club and after-work mixer. This series has evolved into a celebrated space for creative entrepreneurial nerds with established elements including a reading room, revolving DJs, curated panels, and vibrant hosts. These events offer a variety of themes that have engaged audiences from SXSW in Austin, Texas to la colonie in Paris, France. This will be the first Nerdy Thursdays Youth Edition. 


The New York City Charter School of the Arts inspires a diverse community of young people to engage with the arts as a pathway to rich and rigorous academic scholarship and a creative, purposeful life.The event’s host, panelists, performers, and DJ will be CSA students. For the past two years, CSA has brought students to participate in the Black Gotham Experience Sarah’s Fire walk, which is part of a series of walks that illustrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. 


Black Gotham Experience presents Nerdy Thursdays Youth Edition | PROGRAM 

12:30pm  students arrive 

1pm  welcome & introductions by host 

1:10pm  student panel conversation 

1:40pm  student performances, readings, & response

2:20pm  program concludes

2:30pm  student dismissal


Black Gotham Experience and City School of the Arts extends the invitation for other schools and youth to participate. Please contact us at RSVP by Thursday February 20th.