Welcome to the Afrofuture seeks to expand its reach by incorporating technology into oral history and creating a more in depth immersive exhibition working with New Orleans writers and cultural critics among others to produce an experience that links the unique history and past of black New Orleans to the contemporary vastness of the african diaspora. With this project Hamilton hopes to link communities in West Africa specifically Dakar, Senegal through the RAW artists residency program, Dak’Art biennial and local museums in Senegal alongside a partnership with ArtTech House working with artist Vince Fraser, a london based designer, artist who works with technology to develop non traditional spaces using projection and interactive motion sensors. As an annual juried show, Welcome to the Afrofuture (upcoming 4th iteration) works with the New Orleans based Historically Black Colleges and Universities to hire student curatorial fellows to support the efforts and has supported 4 fellows to date with meaningful museum experience working with seasoned curators and arts professionals. It is important to further illustrate the connections and divergent paths within the diaspora , but also metaphorically to show the way in which New Orleans, in particular black New Orleans influenced the cultural of America directly and indirectly through patterns of black migration. These connection points will serve to develop long standing relationships for the New Orleans African American Museum which sits on a 5,000 year old Chitimacha trail in Treme and focuses on the non museum goer as a primary target audience. NOAAM works to provide a variety of cultural and scholarly experiences which connect and create moments of meaningful exchange between generations, racial classes, insider, outsider which is grounded in theories of community building.
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