December 21, 2016 |

2016 | The City College of New York

Founded in 2016 by award-winning emerging choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project highlights the accomplishments of Black professional ballet dancers, jazz and classical composers, and other creative artists through educational outreach efforts and the public presentation of new works inspired by Black heritage.

Black artistry has changed lives and has demonstrated its potential to spark social change through its cultural pervasiveness, from the Harlem Renaissance to modern day hip hop. The Black Iris Project’s mission is to harness the Black community’s inherent creative spirit to encourage and inspire youth of color to pursue art, movement and music as an expressive outlet and a means for collective healing