The hardest part of organizing is learning to organize- most activists and organizations experience this through trial and error. Writer and Futurist Jason Harris has created a card game, “Organizing for Humans” (O4), that will walk you through the components of organizing in a fast paced, fun and structured process. Utilizing O4 will equip your organization with a team building tool to effectively educate and carry out planning in a manner that promotes equity and transparency. Attendees will be able to purchase O4 at the Institute for a discounted price. Come out to this workshop and “Let’s Get Organized!”
BSAM FUTURISMO 2017 : Bronx Museum of Arts, April 22
Come and check out our official BSAM panel at
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMfuturismo2017!!
April 22, Bronx Museum of the Arts!!
Afrofuturism and astro blackness has been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, Afrika Bambaataa and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples.
BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.
Get your tickets today!
for more info, comtact co-founder Maia Crown Williams at BSAMstaff@gmail.com, 3134510297
Gaviotas: Village of Tomorrow!
In 2012, Baltimore based writer-futurist Jason Harris journeyed to Colombia to research and document the work of Centro do Gaviotas, a remote intentional community in eastern Colombia. For over 40 years, this transformative community has quietly produced innovations critical to the rise of sustainable practices in South America- from architecture, to energy, to forestry, spreading its influence throughout Colombia and beyond. Join us for an evening where Jason shares images, video and stories from Gaviotas and its founder, Paulo Lugari.
Please join us for an evening of readings and discussion with Jason Harris and Su Sokol on the power of speculative fiction to aid social justice movements in imagining, organizing and building a better world. Jason Harris, a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction fellow, is the editor of REDLINES: Baltimore 2028, as well as the author of the soon-to-be-released novel Fly Girl. Su J. Sokol, a former housing attorney from Brooklyn, is a social rights advocate and activist living in Montréal. Her debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was nominated for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
Sat 3:30pm – 4:30pm Sirius Business: Afro-Speculative Literature “Afrofuturists” is the umbrella term for the Black presence in sci-fi, technology, magic, and fantasy, coined in 1994 by a culture critic named Mark Dery. Join host Olu Butterfly Woods for an hour of Afro speculative literature and dialogue on its wildly practical applications presented in partnership with Around the Way Unicorn and NewFuturism.com. Featuring Jason Harris, B. Sharise Moore, and Bill Cambell.
“The Mother Ship Connection”
is an outdoors exhibit that is one of the anchor exhibits for ARTSCAPE 2016.
Because this planet isn't enough to house all our parts, welcome home to a multimedia adventure into other worlds, ideas and discreet miracles. In the continuum of the fishmen aliens: the Nommo from the star Sirius B to whom the high priests of the uniquely fabulous Dogon in the hills of Mali credit their civilization, the otherworldly sound travels of jazz revolutionary Sun Ra, and the untouchable and angular stylings of the iconic Grace Jones and more, this installation is an ode to AfroFuturists of the past and a next step into the future.
Mothership will transport visitors within a life-sized selfie of time when the modern contraption trajectory of dystopia has been abandoned and people have returned to self and nature for ultimate liberation and the aliens are once again returning to assist. This cornucopia of physical and performance art uses light, pyramids, sculpture, fabric and imagination for an interactive experience for Artscape visitors.
Directed by: Olu "Butterfly" Woods, Jason Harris and Stephanie "Safiyatou" Edwards.
Join visual artists Ernest Shaw, Jerrell Gibbs and writer Jason Harris as they present new work to the community as part of the "Art In the Hands of Men" exhibit at the "Incredible Little Art Gallery", 823 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD. Presentation starts at 5pm.
I will be playing with my old Afro Bloco, Samba Trovao at this year's Baltimore Rhythm Festival. We will be playing on the outdoor stage in Charles Village. This is a free event!!!
I will be hosting this panel at the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday, September 26th from 4-5pm:
What does Baltimore look like in the future? SFWA Guest of Honor Tobias Buckell and a panel of writers, futurists and social designers discuss Charm City's future through the lens of the engineer, the writer, and the activist. Panel led by Jason Harris ("Redlines: Baltimore 2028").
Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias S. Buckell, Jason Harris, Nia Johnson, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland, Lawrence M. Schoen