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Nerdy Thursday: Design Night

May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


 Culture. Cocktails. Conversations.

Nerdy Thursdays is the BGX Weekly Mixer.

#BGXNerdyThursdays #InsideBlackGotham

In honor of NYCxDESIGN, Nerdy Thursdays: Design Night will explore how various design disciplines (art, graphic design, architecture and more) are being used to celebrate the African Diaspora’s historic impact on New York City.

RSVP for May 17 Below

The Flow: 

5:30pm – 6:15pm | Mingle

6:15-7:30pm | Co-Curated with BlackSpace | Panel “Preserving Black Spaces” moderated by BGX Founder and Lead Creative Kamau Ware

Featuring Kadiatou Tubman, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Stephanye Watts, Weeksville Heritage Center; Ifeoma Ebo, BlackSpace and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. More info below.





7:30pm – 9pm | Walking Tour – NYCxDESIGN Edition Buy Your Ticket

9pm – until | Turn Up + Music

The “Preserving Black Spaces” panel will explore and challenge different perspectives (architectural, community engagement, education, design) on different types of Black spaces – from historic and institutional, to ephemeral, to social.

BlackSpace is a collective of young, Black, NYC residents, changemakers, systems thinkers, learners, and lovers.  By bridging the gaps between policy, people, and place, BlackSpace allows for the greater understanding, access, and cooperation needed to address inequality and injustice.



Black Gotham Experience (BGX) is a visual storytelling project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City through a series of walking tours and graphic novels



Kamau Ware is a multidimensional creative blending complementary yet disparate disciplines as an Artist / Historian. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX). Kamau’s Black Gotham Experience has been recognized by The Atlantic and The New York Times, Columbia University’s History in Action Project Award and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ware has also received prominent commissions, including a public art display in New York City’s Financial District (2017) and the first Black history tour of New York City Hall commissioned by New York Public Design Commission (2018). Recent engagements include the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Austin, TX (2017), the New Museum’s IdeasCity (2017), the Annual Max J Bond Jr. Lecture in New York, NY (2017), and SXSWedu & SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas (2018). This Fall 2018, Kamau will be a visiting professor for the New School co-teaching a course titled “Blind Spots: New York’s Black Past”.


Ifeoma Ebo is a member of BlackSpace and an urban designer and strategist who strives to be a catalyst for social justice and design activism while addressing challenges of the urban milieu. As the Senior Design Advisor with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, she leads interagency design and built environment initiatives exploring the use of design to address public safety and social justice in marginalized communities across NYC. In addition, she provides design guidance towards the development of more humane criminal justice facilities incorporating concepts of equity and procedural justice. Ifeoma is a 2016 Forefront Fellow of the NYC Urban Design Forum and Next City Vanguard Fellow.


Kadiatou Tubman is the Education Coordinator for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Kadiatou has been working as an educator since undergrad where she spearheaded community services between her private institution and local public schools. Kadiatou graduated from Union College in 2013, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Africana Studies, her scholarship focusing on social and political movements within the African diaspora and critical race theory. In her role at the Schomburg Center, Kadiatou directly manages the Junior Scholar Program, where she applies an art-based and historical literacy approach critical thinking and restorative practice. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.


A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Stephanye R. Watts serves as the Community Engagement Manager at Weeksville Heritage Center, multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of one of America’s many 19th-century free black communities, Weeksville, Brooklyn. When the Philadelphia native isn’t pushing the Black agenda, she is the woman behind the world’s only R&B trivia night, #RhythmNBodyroll and the Black music podcast, The Psyce. Weeksville Heritage Center is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn – one of America’s many free black communities.


Complimentary, signature gin cocktails courtesy of Hendricks. Thanks to our Nerdy Thursday sponsor MetroPlus Health Plan and foundational supporter The Howard Hughes Corporation.


RSVP for May 17 below


*Segments of the experience may be live-streamed to and/or recorded for broader social consumption and promotion.*

Nerdy Thursdays are curated by Kamau Ware, BGX Founder & Lead Creative, and William Ellis, BGX Experience Curator.



May 17
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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