Photo Credit: Unapologetic Art Expo NYC - Summer 2019
How Kiana Calder Is Creating A Safe Space For Black Artists To Showcase Their Work
In 2018, Kiana Calder decided to end Black History Month by celebrating art. But not just any art, she held an event titled the Unapologetic Art Expo to celebrate and honor black artists in the New York City community.
Kiana was inspired to showcase black artists after noticing a lack of diversity at The Armory Show back in 2018.
“I noticed that there was a lack of black and brown people within the crowd, and also [a lack of] black or brown artists as well,” she told Black Enterprise. “I wanted to solve that problem by having my own platform where those artists get the recognition they rightly deserve and get to monetize their art.”
The Art Expo was created to capture the essence of the complicated beauty, joy, and pain that is Black culture. Organizers provide artists with the opportunity to sell their pieces to art lovers and novices alike.
In addition to giving black artists a platform and safe space, Calder selects black vendors to supply food and drinks for the expo.
“It’s all black everything,” she said. “Guests are being introduced to black vendors that they don’t even know exist. That’s a huge factor because we’re giving everyone the opportunity to expand their brand and their business.”