Wednesday, June 27th | 7pm – 11pm

Join us for a special night with Black Gotham Experience featuring a history-inspired dinner, libations, music, and an after party. Dress code is geek chic.

Dinner | 7-9pm | honoring Saada Ahmed and Rodney Leon

After Party | 9-11pm | music by dj frei speech

This year has already been amazing as we reflect on 2017 which included a large-scale public art display in the Financial District, the launch of our studio space in the Seaport District and speaking engagements across the country. With your support we will continue to build in 2018 with a new strategic focus on the intersection between art and history. Your support will help push our trajectory forward as our impact reaches New Yorkers from 3rd grade students to retired professionals. We have exciting new plans we will share at the Nerd Ball on the additional programming we have in the works to celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.

Nerd Ball Chairpersons |  Antonio Martinez & Jason Rosario


The inaugural Black Gotham Experience Nerd Ball will honor two important creative figures in contemporary New York City – Saada Ahmed and Rodney Leon.

Saada is a social advocate who is the co-founder of Everyday People that hosts day parties that celebrate community, music, activism, and wellness. She also created a platform to propel discussion, essays, and poetry called Brothers & Sisters.

Rodney Leon is the founder and principal of Rodney Leon Architects PLLC. He is the architect of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, which is a National Monument. He is also the designer of the “Ark of Return”, the permanent memorial to the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the UN.

In honoring these two designers of spaces, we celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.




Black Gotham Experience Studio

192 Front Street | Seaport District, Manhattan

between Fulton Street and John Street; right next to the Broadway Tickets store.

Train Access: A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, J, or Z to Fulton Street.


Established in 2010 by artist/historian Kamau Ware, Black Gotham Experience is an immersive visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City since 1625. Our mission is to reimagine the histories of the places directly impacted by the African Diaspora as human stories. We explore these stories through interactive walking tours, a developing series of photography-based graphic novels, and a web series, weaving together art, research, fashion and entertainment. The heart of this experience are three stories that revisit Manhattan in 1625 and move forward through three centuries: Other Side of Wall Street, Caesar’s Rebellion, and Citizen Hope.