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 The aches of truth break

through every single piece

of opaque glass where we see black

So I shattered the

walls of mirrors in

The Halls of Errors

I realized

you in me

and

me in you

WE

Were never a mistake

What a whimsical delight to

see ourselves in this

conundrum called life

Created fantastically

with the zeal

of love, abundance, joy and grace

-Zeal manifesto

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Our Creative Agency

Our worker-owned multimedia creative agency provides artist development and management support to Black visual and performance artists across the diaspora. We are a network of Black artists creating spaces for learning, support infrastructure, and opportunity for Black cultural platforms with an immersive and participatory approach to excel. We see ourselves as cultural conjurers and alchemists that are continuing the legacy of our ancestors by providing the support systems necessary for our cultural work to thrive economically.

We collaborate through leadership development, skill sharing and consulting with Black creatives as well as organizations, companies, art & literary collectives, cultural institutions, other programs, brands, and platforms that highlight and center Black art and culture. 

Our Offerings

Artist Management & Platform Support for Creatives and Artist Collectives 

  • Artist Management: Making sure the artist is thriving in their leadership upholding their commitment to the creation and promotion of their body of work through business development, and supporting the artist’s production, installation, and publishing process.

  • Branding and Marketing: Creating an aesthetic for your body of work to targeted audiences that will promote it

  • Campaigns & Activations: Designing creative, participatory, & immersive experiences that are results driven

Mastermind Salons : Artist Development Online and In-Person Series 

  • Orientation on ZEAL as a worker owned creative agency for Black creatives w/ our values and principles 

  • The importance of the Black Arts Movement & Black Aesthetic

  • Panel Discussions with Black Multimedia Artists & Cooperative Economics

  • (Art)nomics: A salon dinner for Black creatives, artists, and designers to transforms cultural equity into community wealth and power.

We collaborate through leadership development, skill sharing and consulting with Black creatives as well as organizations, companies, art & literary collectives, institutions, other programs, and platforms that highlight and center Black culture.

What makes us different?

We are Black creatives who are values aligned and principled in building movements towards owning the means of our own cultural production. When Black creatives are grounded in the legacy of the Black aesthetic that facilitates their leadership development their body of work stands as a purposeful, functional, and committed act of liberation. The Black Aesthetic is art, literature, poetry, music, dance, fashion, and theater that creates an expression of and impression on Black culture. We provide economic alternatives that support the surviving artist to thrive.  

We are a network of networks, creating spaces for learning, support infrastructure, and opportunity for Black cultural platforms to flourish. We see ourselves as cultural co-creators that are continuing the legacy of the Black Arts Movement, by providing the support systems necessary for our cultural work to evolve beyond flashpoint moments.

Desired Impact

  • Creating economic sustainability  through applied learning of art merchandising and commerce beyond the gig economy

  • Cultivating self-care and healing ritual and practices grounded in the Black aesthetic in community with other creatives

  • A recognized pipeline of Black art and literature that is promoted within and outside of cultural institutions

For more information go to our contact tab.

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About us

ZEAL is a multimedia group for visual and performance artists throughout the Black diaspora. We use curated publications to celebrate our culture, assert our voices, archive our legacy, and showcase our creative competencies. Our vision is to create space for Black artists to thrive. We are currently based in Los Angeles and New York City.

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