BGX TALKS | FEATURED SPEAKER – Kamau Ware
Kamau Ware is an award-winning multidimensional creative blending complementary yet disparate disciplines as an Artist / Historian. Ware retells and expands history with scholarship and visual storytelling to fuse creativity and learning into one experience. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX), which is an immersive multimedia project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora through a series of historic walks, talks, photography-based graphic novels, and events.
Ware has been featured in the New York Observer, The Atlantic, and The New York Times; and has made appearances on NBC New York, ABC New York, and The Huffington Post Live to share this unique understanding of the African Diaspora’s presence in New York City. Ware has also received prominent commissions, one of which was a public art project in New York City’s Financial District just one block from Wall Street located on Water Street and Gouverneur Lane for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the first Black history tour of New York City Hall commissioned by the New York Public Design Commission, A Walk Through Time for The Mile-Long Opera, and the Others Built New York mural that combined the voices of four artists to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall and the essential role that the “others” have made in making New York City a vibrant cultural hub.
Kamau Ware has become a sought-after voice to fill the visual abyss of Black New York history, illustrating powerful stories that exist outside of public consciousness. Recent engagements include talks at New York University’s Black Portraiture[s] conference, the Amsterdam City Archives, Paramount Pictures Creative Speakers Series, the American Folk Art Museum, The Public Theatre’s Democracy Festival, and SXSW. Next spring (2020), Kamau returns to The New School as a visiting professor, co-teaching a course titled “Blind Spots: A Walk Through New York City’s Black Past”. In 2018, Ware completed a speaking tour titled Origin Stories, including stops at Yale University, Lincoln’s Cottage, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and a keynote for the California Library Association.
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