Black Diaspora: Monica L. Williams

Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 am EST



Black Diaspora events are open to a Black- or Afro-Latinx-identified audience only.

The artist talks about ten year’s investigation of work/life balance in the lives of Black artists and shares curiosities and wonders about systems of care in Black life.

About Monica L Williams

Monica L. Williams is a conceptual performance artist and artistic leader who specializes in cross-sector collaborations. Her artistic journey humbly began creating theater in midwest churches and community centers and then evolved to major cultural institutions. With an undergraduate degree in Acting (Wright State University B.F.A.) and graduate degree in Applied Theater (New York University M.A.), she combines her passion for community and culture with her belief in the power of storytelling to craft a more than 20-year career as a leader in the Arts and Humanities. She conceptualizes, curates, directs and produces live experiences for diverse audiences to enjoy worldwide. Her work has been presented live and virtually at various community-based organizations, festivals, Off-Broadway theaters and major cultural institutions including The ‘World Famous’ Apollo Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, TED Women Conference, Audible, and the National Black Arts Festival.

About Black Diaspora

Conceived by curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter uprising, Black Diaspora launched its first activities in September 2020 as a Zoom-based peer support program serving up-and-coming, Black-identified dance and performance artists from various cultural backgrounds and aesthetic traditions.

With the support of Gibney, Black Diaspora has offered numerous peer group discussions, workshops led by notable guest artists, and conversations between artists. We celebrate the resourcefulness, accomplishments, and generous wisdom of Black creatives, educators, and activists.

Photo by Robyn Twomey.