Reflecting on the Richness of Black Art BKG

Reflecting on the Richness of Black Art

February 29, 2024
· 2 min read

As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect on this year’s theme, “Black Art – The Infusion of African, Caribbean, and Black American Lived Experiences.” 

Our employee business resource community, BEACON, embarked on a purposeful journey to celebrate and amplify the voices of Black artists. This theme served as the guiding light for BEACON’s initiatives throughout the month, creating a unique and dynamic space for exploration, education, and celebration.

Personally, the exploration of Black Art during this month has been a journey of discovery and connection. The infusion of African, Caribbean, and Black American lived experiences in art has provided a lens through which to appreciate the depth of cultural narratives, the resilience of communities, and the celebration of identity.

It’s a reminder that art is not merely an expression; it is a testament to the collective experiences that shape our perceptions of the world.

With BEACON, the celebration of Black History Month took on a unique and dynamic form. This year, we chose to amplify the voices of Black employees at DataRobot through a dedicated podcast focused on the theme of Black Art. The episode delved into the intricate stories behind various art forms, exploring how they serve as vessels for cultural preservation, activism, and personal expression. 

Celebrating Black History Month

In producing the podcast episode, we witnessed firsthand the power of storytelling in fostering understanding and unity. The narratives shared by our guests illuminated the often-overlooked aspects of Black art, showcasing its ability to challenge stereotypes, inspire change, and foster a sense of pride within the community.

As we bid farewell to Black History Month, the echoes of the conversations, stories, and artistic expressions linger. The theme of Black Art has left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness, catalyzing continued exploration, dialogue, and celebration of the rich tapestry that makes up the Black experience. The journey does not end here; it’s a continuous exploration of the interconnectedness of our stories and the profound impact of Black Art on shaping a more inclusive and understanding world.

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Lelia Colley
Lelia Colley

Program Manager, Learning and Development, DataRobot

Lelia Colley is the Program Manager of Learning and Development at DataRobot. She is also the community leader of BEACON, where she collaborates with her core team to create resources and events centered around fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Lelia blends DEIB into her role by advocating for and securing investment for educational initiatives, workshops, and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with friends and family and exploring new places in her hometown of Mobile, AL.

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