Shani Peters & Joseph Cuillier (The Black School)
The Black School (TBS) is an experimental art school teaching Black/PoC students and allies to become radical agents of change. Based on our commitment to community building and our core principles of Black love, wellness, and self- determination, TBS’s mission is to extend the legacy of art in Black radical histories through innovative, multi-generational workshops/programs and our youth staffed art and design studio, TBS: Design Studio.
Since 2016 we have served over 500 students, facilitated over 125 workshops/classes, produced four Black Love Fests with approx. 3,500 attendees, trained and employed 25 design apprentices, partnered with over 60 organizations, and collaborated with over 60 professional artists.
With this foundation we are now moving from the initial mobile model we developed in NYC towards building a 21st century schoolhouse that will serve as a community center in our co-founders birthplace, New Orleans. The Black Schoolhouse will create a home base and allow TBS to expand our work and deepen roots through long-term community engagements.
Featured Image: TBS 2022 - The Black School Team and 21’-22’ TBS: Design Studio Apprentice, May 2022. Cohort Location: New Orleans African American Museum. Photographer: Tiffany Smith. Courtesy of the artists.