Blackspace

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  • 2021

  • Social Impact

Designed By:

  • Pierce Freelon

Commissioned By:

Pierce Freelon

Designed In:

United States of America

Blackspace is a digital makerspace in North Carolina, USA, designed to offer Black and Brown youth pathways to educational and entrepreneurial success in technology, film and the digital arts, to breach the ‘digital divide’. It offers arts-based WokeShops, African-centered events and rituals, and produces creative projects.


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Chris Charles
Pierce Freelon
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  • Our challenges are structural. Black communities in North Carolina experience disparities in wealth, education and opportunity, as well as systematic exclusion from living wage jobs. Extensive research has shown, children from low-income communities Black and Brown communities in North Carolina often lack the training, skills, resources, networks, and pathways to change their life trajectory.

  • Blackspace creates pathways to educational and entrepreneurial success in technology, film and the digital arts to breach the "digital divide". We impact communities by developing tech workshops and curriculums that are culturally relevant and allow students to tell their stories through new media. We offer these resources to youth in our community free of charge.

  • Blackspace's impact is measured in lives saved, events attended, projects produced, interns placed and diplomas received. We have impacted the lives of hundreds of North Carolina youth.

  • Since 2016, Blackspace has offered teens free programming in: poetry, coding, puppetry, 3D printing, animation, beat making, rap, photography, DJing and consent culture. We've taken your kids across the United States, to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, to San Fransisco for Brave New Voices and to DC for the National Museum of African American of History and Culture. Our kids have produced albums, short films and concerts.