Black Visions Collective (BVC) will use its grant to fuel its cultural and narrative organizing. The organization centers and celebrates Black cultures and traditions, using them as guides in all its work. BVC’s cultural organizing develops narratives about Black Minnesotans that are rooted in dignity and truth—narratives that will shape ongoing grassroots organizing strategies.
The main activities during the grant period include monthly “Black Joy Sundays” and “For the Culture” workshops. “Black Joy Sundays” invite the community to gather while also creating leadership development opportunities, including for youth. Partnerships with Black cultural workers and healing justice practitioners make “For the Culture” workshops possible. Additionally, BVC will launch a Black Arts and Organizing program. The eight-month cohort will be led by local artist Nancy Musinguzi and train Black Queer and Trans youth, ages 18 to 24. They will design a public art exhibit and gallery and show it in February 2020.