Black Lunch Table, Heather Hart
The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart. The project was first staged in 2005 at the preeminent artist residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The BLT has since taken the form of oral archiving sessions, salons, peer teaching workshops, meetups and Wikipedia edit-a-thons. BLT has been hosted by Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects in Chicago, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, the Creative Time in Brooklyn, UNC Chapel Hill, Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, The Tarble Art Center at Eastern Illinois University and Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn among others. BLT was awarded a 2016 Creative Capital Grant, a Digital Innovation Lab Fellowship from Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill, and an Artist Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Foundation. BLT has been featured in Hyperallergic, Yes!Weekly, ArtFCity, Burnaway, Artsy, and the Skowhegan Journal.