Monday, February 17 - Sunday, February 23

Black Future Festival

Black Future Festival

Join us for a week of reflection and future-forward fun inspired by the national celebration of peoples of the African Diaspora and Black History Month. We welcome you to explore TRiPTIC—an Afrofuturist galaxy created by our festival artist-in-residence, Kwame Brandt-Pierce. With Dr. Shabazz B. Spacely as your guide, create decoding goggles in ColorLab, enjoy interactive performances, meet JuB JuB and other creatures, and handle objects only found in the TRiPTIC galaxy. Journey through your imagination, dive into the past, and learn more about the Black visionaries who do amazing things to help shape a bright future for all!


Welcome to TRiPTIC

The TRiPTIC universe reflects Ancient Khemetic (Egyptian) mythology, Yoruba mythology, as well as mythologies of Casamance and The Gambia. These ancient stories and myths inspire an imagined space with overlapping characters, cultures, and events. In TRiPTIC, Black people possess heightened psychic abilities and technologies that allow them to explore between the stars and dimensions.



Holding Future
February 17 – 23 | 11:30am
Meet a JuB JuB, a nocturnal rodent of TRiPTIC and hold other objects that are key to understanding the TRiPTIC universe.

Object Odyssey ~ Collections Tour
February 17 – 23 | 2:30pm
How are the past, present, and future connected through the objects we make? BCM Collections team invites you downstairs, below the Museum, and into the past to explore special collections objects from African Diasporan cultures around the world.

TRiPTIC Tree Sculpture
February 17 – 23 | 1pm – 4pm
How does a TRiPTIC tree look and feel? Co-create a super-powered tree that can grow and thrive in the Sonic Forests of Teluron Prime!

Reflection Room ~ Black Future Festival Edition
February 17 – 23 | 12pm – 4pm
What does it mean to be visionary? Visionary people often gather wisdom from the past to create the future. Whether they are relatives or world leaders, fill the walls of this room with the names of Black visionaries who you admire!

Intergalactic Sound Session
February 19 – 23 | 2pm – 5pm
What does TRiPTIC sound like? Use your voice, body, instruments, and unexpected materials to create and a soundscape inspired by the TRiPTIC universe.

TRiPTIC in ColorLab
February 17 – 19, 21 – 22 | 11am – 5pm
February 20 & 23 | 12pm – 6pm
Explore objects and imagery from TRiPTIC and design your own decoding goggles for your TRiPTIC travels!

Open Mic
February 20 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Share a story, poem, song, or your vision for the future on an open community stage!  Original offerings are encouraged and poems and text by Black visionaries are available to recite in creative ways.

Dr. Shabazz B. Spacely’s Cabinet of Intergalactic Curiosities
February 22 & 23 | 2pm & 3pm
In this interactive performance, children travel on a spaceship with Dr. Shabazz B. Spacely, Cosmic Xenologist, as he takes them on a tour of the Sonic Forests of Teluron Prime.

Black Future Festival is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).