5-6:30pm: West African Dance Class
7-pm: FLY: Celestial Object: Black Diamond in the rough
9pm-12am: Holding: A black Queer Love Story
BUFU is a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)Black and (pan)Asian cultural and political relationships. We, the founders of this project, are a collective of queer, femme and nonbinary, Black and EastAsian artists and organizer. Our goal is to facilitate a global conversation on the relationship between Black & Asian diasporas, with an emphasis on building solidarity, decentering whiteness, and resurfacing our deeply interconnected and complicated histories. We attempt to achieve this through our programming, visual archives, interactive doc, and through building longterm partnerships with collectives, organizations, and individuals In collaboration with:
RAGGA, Sisters Circle Collective, YJC, Odiosas, NGR Creative, Jahajee Sisters, Rhythm & Breath, QTPOC Mental Health Initiative, Get Artists Paid, Art Hoe Collective, Black Girl Magik Sad Asian Girls Club, BYP 100, Brooklyn Boihood, PAPI Juice, MAMI, Harriet’s Apothecary Smart Girls Club, Herban Cura, BWA for BLM, DGA, Discwoman, Sacred Vibes Apothecary TestOURmonials Project, Casitas Wisdom, BAJI, Femmepremacy
What: This July we are planning a four week lead up of programming sharing strategies, resources, skills between/on collectives and collective organizing throughout the five boroughs. Each week will focus on how we build together through organizing, healing, nightlife, art, etc, culminating in one final daylong gathering on July 1st. These events will take place at various locations across New York City, activating SPR on Wednesday and Saturdays. Each Wednesday in July, we will be hosting a series of performance nights and art happenings and on Saturdays we will be hosting a day market/zine fair/art jams ending in a party. We are also wanting to have a moveable mural/graffiti walls in the outdoor space for the month of July.
Why: Last June (2016), we held space in a warehouse in Clinton Hill for 30 days, and did 115 programs in total. At the time it felt politically urgent and necessary for us to take over one space and to be able to share that space with our communities. This year it feels more urgent for us to be accessible to more people throughout the boroughs and to build relationships across different collectives in a time where so many of us are creating new, selfdetermined models of what we want our work to look like and figuring out how to build collaboratively with one another in our different approaches to the work. In times where institutions, programs, and organizations are being defunded and unsupported by the government, how can we learn to selfgenerate resources, support one another and help each other thrive.