“To make any future that we dreamt up real requires creative scientists, engineers, and technologists to make it happen. If people are not within your midst who dream about tomorrow - with the capacity to bring tomorrow into the present - then the country might as well just recede back into the cave because that's where we're headed.” — Neil DeGrasse TysonBlackspace is empowered by a robust volunteer community, which engages youth in training, mentorship and collaboration. The goal is to ensure that our future leaders have a seat at the table in the innovation economy, and are rooted in the daily practice of love, liberation, self-determination, confidence, and excellence.
“"If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time… but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” — Lila WatsonBlackspace is sustained by a community of Afrofuturists who believe that another world is possible. With bases in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina Blackspace hosts regular community events, such as Movies and Cornbread, Blackspace Poetry Night (part of Durham's "BeConnected" series), and the DURM Cypher in downtown Durham.
Recent WokeShops include: Open Studio, Digital Storytelling, Poetry Writing and Performance, Conscious Coding, Street Griot and Beat Making. Recent collaborators include: Apple, SAS, American Underground, Art of Cool, Black Wall Street, NC State's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Digital Portobelo, Runaway, and Beat Making Lab. Recent youth trips include: Brave New Voices (San Francisco, CA); Allied Media Conference (Detroit, MI); and Haiti to Hayit (Jacmel and Matenwa, Haiti).
We need your support to fortify, scale, and provide more dope programs that our space cadets want and our community needs! Please support our efforts by becoming one of our patrons and #FundAfroFuturism!
FAQs : #FundAfroFuturism Campaign
What is Blackspace?
Blackspace is a digital makerspace based out of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We offer Black and Brown youth a breathing space to manifest their dreams by any medium necessary.
What is the #FundAfroFuturism campaign?
The #FundAfroFuturism campaign is a sustainer-based fundraising initiative via Patreon designed to help support Blackspace for the foreseeable future. Blackspace is powered by a robust volunteer community, filled with fellow Afrofuturists, that engage youth in training, mentorship, and collaboration. The goal is to ensure that our future leaders have a seat at the table in the innovation economy, and are rooted in the daily practice of love, liberation, self-determination, confidence, and excellence. We need your support to fortify, scale, and provide more dope programs that our studentswant and our community needs!
Where does the Campaign Support go?
The #FundAfroFuturism campaign is meant to sustain and expand programming that community members have been hosting on a volunteer basis, such as Movies and Cornbread and Open Studio in Chapel Hill, Blackspace Poetry Night (part of Durham's "BeConnected" series), and the DURM Cypher in downtown Durham. We’d like to continue to provide specialized wokeshops like Conscious Coding, Street Griot, Beat Making and Digital Storytelling.
This sounds amazing! How can I get involved?
Involve your workplace or community organization! Do you do gift exchanges at your job or community organization? Do you choose an organization to donate to for the holiday season? Choose the #FundAfroFuturism campaign! Propose foregoing the typical gift exchange this year and ask for 25% of your work place, department or community to become patrons or set a pledge goal! Compete between departments! Get your places of worship involved! We know that some places of worship ask for tithes. Would your congregation be willing donate a tithe/gift to Blackspace? Speak with the leaders of your religions/spiritual community to see if you could set up a table before and after service for the
Become a patron yourself! No amount is too small! Becoming a sustainer at $5 means skipping a coffee at Starbucks, once a month. The ‘Ujamaa Shield’ patreon, at $10/month, is the price of one movie ticket. An ‘Afronaut’ patreon, at $25/mo, means not eating out JUST once a month. We hope you can find something to give up in order to give the students of Blackspace the resource of our programming :)
How do I donate to the campaign?
The link to our patreon is here---> www.patreon.com/fundafrofuturism
We are asking for patrons. This is different from one-time donors. Those that contribute to the campaign will become a sustainer. This means once a month, the amount of your choice will be drafted from your account you connect to Patreon. Just like a streaming service like Hulu takes draws money from your account so you may access television shows when you like, Blackspace would receive the amount of your choice and use it to continue to provide programming for Black and Brown youth within the Triangle and the community at large. We are asking for $5 as a starting donation, the Spaceship tier, but no amount is too small! Rewards are given once you’ve reached a tier. For example, if you decide to donate $3/month, you will receive a thank you from us at Blackspace but you will not be eligible to enter the raffle to win a mini-swag bag that comes with a ‘Spaceship’ tier contribution. If you decide to donate $20/month, you will qualify for the rewards for the ‘Ujamaa Shield’ tier but not the ‘Afronaut’ tier.
Is the donation tax-deductible?
Yes, but there’s a caveat. If you pledge $5/month for 12 months, your total donation over the year will be $60. You will be able to write off the total amount you’ve donated at the time you file your taxes. This applies to patrons at the $5, $10 and $25 level. For patreons that contribute at the $100 level or above, you will receive a swag bag and/or service from Blackspace. The value of the items you receive must be deducted from your taxable donation. For example, if the patron pays $1200 @ the $100 level over the course of a year, the value of the swag bag you’d receive, say $75, must be deducted to the total deductible amount, leaving you with $1125 total amount that can be written off. Additionally, The African American Dance Ensemble (AADE), based in Durham, is our fiscal sponsor. When you request a letter for your tax write-off, it will be from the AADE, not Blackspace, LLC.
Do I receive anything else for my donation?
As briefly described in the section above, Blackspace swag bags are given out in two ways. For sustainers at the $25 level or below, once we hit 30 sustainers across these 3 tiers, we will hold a a raffle once a month to win some Blackspace paraphernalia. Winners must deduct the value of your swag bag if you plan to write off your donation for your taxes. For sustainers at the $100 or above, sustainers will receive their swag bag within 45 days of their first contribution is processed. Payments are processed on or near the 1st of each month. For example, if you become a sustainer on January 2nd, your contribution will be processed on or around February 1st. You should expect to receive your Blackspace swag bag within 45 days.