ARTE NOIR has developed a Black Artist Roster that will be used to increase the exposure of, and access to Black artists in Washington State. ARTE NOIR regularly receives inquiries seeking recommendations for Black artists. These inquiries range from major public art installation opportunities to seeking artists for pop-ups, speaking engagements, etc. Participation in the Artist Roster is not intended to guarantee artists any particular opportunities, rather, it is being created to increase access to Black artists, their skills, and specific areas of work, for recommendation.

The following submission form allows artists to share information about themselves and their work. Once an artist submits their form, they will be added to an internal database which ARTE NOIR will use to share arts and speaking opportunities. Please take the time to answer every question in the form to the best of your ability. There will be space to upload samples of your artwork. You can save the form and come back to complete it at any time during the process. 

The pilot phase of the Black Artist Roster will close on September 30, 2024.  The roster will reopen in early 2025.  Arts opportunities can be shared year-round. 

Once you have submitted, you will officially be added to ARTE NOIR's Black Artist Roster!  

This roster will be maintained by ARTE NOIR staff and used as a tool for sharing local, national, and international opportunities for Black artists including calls for art or curators, educators, public art projects, artist residencies, speaking opportunities, and more. Opportunities will be vetted by ARTE NOIR and your personal information will not be given out directly to inquiries we receive. ARTE NOIR will share opportunities with our roster list regularly, and it will be up to the artists to determine whether they are qualified and interested in pursuing a project. Artists must respond to calls/opportunities directly. 

Artists interested in public speaking can indicate so when submitting information in the roster. ARTE NOIR seeks to support artists interested in participating in civic discourse. This support is intended to increase the vocal presence of Black artists who have often been overlooked in conversations around social justice, equity, community-building, and more.

Additionally, artists interested in exhibiting their work in the ARTE NOIR Gallery can indicate such within this form.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE BLACK ARTIST ROSTER?

Participation in the Black Artist Roster provides:

  • Dedicated communication regarding opportunities that may not otherwise reach Black artists, reducing historical barriers and creating an easy connection between artists and available opportunities!
  • The opportunity to greatly expand your reach and have your work seen by collectors, producers, curators, developers, promoters, investors, and brand new audiences.  
  • Ultimately, this roster will serve to eliminate the age-old commentary, "We just can't find anyone." Using the Black artist roster should leave little room for excuses of not being able to connect with Black artists working across all disciplines. 

Development of the Black Artist Roster has been generously supported by The Gathering Collaborative of King County. In 2020, Martin Luther King, Jr. County declared racism as a public health crisis, recognizing that governments need to acknowledge and respond by undoing the centuries of harms of systemic racism in our society and equitably invest in dismantling racism and protecting the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color so that all communities thrive. 

ARTE NOIR seeks to be a gathering place for exploring the dynamic creativity that springs from African and African American culture. With a focus on people, ARTE NOIR shines a light on the makers, thinkers, and doers who are, and have been, innovating in their fields; centering the soulfulness and power of Black art.

ARTE NOIR exists to uplift Black artists! 

Important Notices

  • Saving Your Application: Submittable will automatically save your application at regular intervals, but you may also manually save your application at any time using the Save Draft button located at the end of this form. If you are completing your application in multiple sessions, please ensure you click the Save Draft button before exiting the application form to avoid losing your work. 
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  • Privacy Notice: ARTE NOIR will not publish or share your personal information. 
  • Eligibility: This call is open to individuals who are at least 15 years of age. 

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