My name's Jason, and I founded 14 Black Poppies over three years ago to cultivate community, arts, wellness, and civics by curating experiences that shine a light on local talents, voices, and issues.
And these past three years have been a whirlwind of experimentation, events, and interactivity across multiple platforms and spaces.
You know 14 Black Poppies through our workshops like Liquid Portraits and Haiku You; our events like The Bloom and In Flux, a night gallery; our online posts like From Vitriolic Extremism to Creative Extremism; and our creative development programs like CATS Got Talent.
We've taken many forms, and in each one we've kept the core of who we are thanks to our commitment to living by our 14 Proverbs.
I want to thank you for sticking with us through all of this iteration!
Now, we are iterating once again.
I've learned a lot over the past three years, and I am realizing exactly what 14 Black Poppies excels at: providing personal and professional development to artists; exhibition support to artists, businesses, community benefit associations, non-profits, and government agencies; and internship opportunities to students of all ages.
This past summer I have been hard at work trying to manifest our strengths through strategic partnerships with talented artists and incredible organizations.
And it is now time for me to officially announce THREE major collaborations.
#wheredoyoubelong is a massive transdisciplinary, cross-platform, multi-organizational investigation into the question "Where do you belong?" Our main collaborative partner is OutLook Theater Project, an ensemble theater company that explores relevant issues from a queer perspective. Check out our initial findings here.
Advocacy and Artists Salons is a research and artist development program in partnership with A Simple Collective to cultivate artistic practice and voice as a means to support each other as peers and create a pluralistic arts advocacy agenda rooted in the artistic experience and the communities with which artists intersect.
Bay Area Youth Media Network taps into the richness of our collective resources and our expertise as artists and educators to amplify opportunities for conscious youth media creation and exhibition. 14 Black Poppies is a proud Steering Committee member.
This is all incredibly exciting. And I am thrilled to share it all with you.
Below my signature you will find many different ways to get involved, attend an event, and spread the word. They are all identified by their collaboration.
And...if you have a lead for any of these collaborations, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you at an event, out in the community, and online.
Founder and Creative Director