An initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation


BlacSpace Cooperative members. (Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Ayodele Nzinga, Zakiya Harris, Noni Session, Carolyn Johnson, Anyka Barber, Anna Shneiderman.) 2020. BlacSpace Cooperative, Oakland.

BlacSpace Cooperative

BlacSpace Cooperative is an early-stage cooperative based in Oakland, that leverages the Black Arts Movement tradition to build a supportive ecosystem where Black arts, business, ownership, and culture can thrive. The vision of BlacSpace is to build a networked infrastructure of programming, cooperative business practice, democratic governance, and a city-wide marketing plan that sustains a network of cultural spaces throughout Oakland. Through the 2020 Grant & Loan Fund for Early-Stage Arts, Creative, and Cultural Cooperatives, AmbitioUS is providing BlacSpace Cooperative with a one-year general operating support grant and technical assistance from Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative.


Artist Ownership





Grant and Technical Assistance

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