BLT Beyond Beta Campaign






Black Lunch Table's Beyond Beta end of 2020 Campaign


We are running a power of 10 campaign, Beyond Beta, to support the building of our digital archive; developing a playback tool, data visualization and linked open data innovation! Our goal is to raise $20,000 in 10 days through donations of at least $25!  This fundraising campaign runs from today until December 31st !

Who writes the record? What is omitted from the record? 

Black Lunch Table (BLT) is a small but savvy non profit that does amazing work with resource equity by creating discursive sites; roundtables, workshops and a dynamic, searchable, reparative online archive so that stories are told by us, creating a record of our cultural, intellectual, and social contributions.

Without each of you, BLT could not exist, for our project, your project, is not simply the sum of its parts, but, documentation of your generosity, trust, tenacity and vulnerability, and it is an action of radical archiving. 

BLT intends to shift the lens by which folks view the world, challenge institutions to do better to reflect the interests of the publics they purport to represent, invite the uninvited to the table, and redraw the lines within linear narratives, elucidating their complexity and amplifying the multivocality extant in a peoples’ history. Artists imagine new structures for the organization of archives and new points at which to access them. We find value where others find none.  We imagine our work is a product of the times we live in, the communities we build together, the ideas, resources, and knowledge we inherit, impart to others, and leave as our legacies. 

As a non-profit organization, BLT relies on contributions from foundations, corporations and individual participants like you to continue to correct and fill gaps in our historical records and to make the archive free and accessible. 

Your 100% tax-deductible gifts in any amounwill help us continue to do this work. 

Your contribution will help us take our archive into its next phase... "Beyond Beta." You will not only help us add hours of conversations not yet processed to the BLT searchable archive, but will help fund the stabilization of the code behind the network, a community-tagging interface, software to synchronize our audio playback with textual transcripts, and our build browsable network of linked concepts which show their relation not only to individual artists and projects, but to broader discourse unfolding within online spaces. 

Check out the beta version of our website archive, and then - if you're so inspired - please give just $25 to make a big difference in the development of the BLT archive.

With your donation, you are not only supporting BLT, you are setting a seat at the table for the hundreds of community members who have (and will have) generously contributed their thoughts, experiences and life lessons to the archive, you are enabling a self authored teaching tool and resource and you are making our historical records more equitable!

Thank you for your vision.

Happy New Year,

Heather + Jina + The BLT Team

About Black Lunch Table:

Black Lunch Table(BLT) seeks to mobilize a democratic rewriting of contemporary cultural history by animating discourse around and among the people living it and directly confronts issues of authorship in humanities and sociopolitical discourses.  We are currently focused on the production of two roundtable series’--the Artists’ Table and the People’s Table--and a series of Wikipedia workshops.  Our roundtable sessions provide both physical space and allotted time for interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions, bringing together a diversity of community members and fostering candid conversations. We audio master, transcribe, and metadata tag the conversations from the individual tables for inclusion on our dynamic, searchable online archive. And at our Wikipedia events, we train participants to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of black visual artists.

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      No benefit was bestowed upon this donor in exchange for this contribution other than the joy of giving to an organization that supports equity and innovation in our archives of community histories and Black artists. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #82-5436759.

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      Dorothea Heitsch

      SAS Studio LLC | $250

      Keep up the amazing work you do! Many wishes for 2021!

      Juan Chavez | $25

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