BADG showcases Black creatives

Stonehill Taylor and the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) recently held a virtual kickoff event showcasing the work of Black creatives, promoting diversity and inclusion in the hospitality industry. BADG is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this December.

“What began as an online directory of independent Black makers, artists and designers, throughout the African diaspora, has evolved into an action-oriented, member-driven platform for creatives seeking community, collaboration and creative support,” said Malene Barnett (pictured above), founder, BADG, to kick off the event.

BADG works to build a more equitable and inclusive creative culture that advances Black makers in creative industries by taking ownership of its narrative and creating safe spaces to celebrate Black culture and creativity.

“We are proud to be mission-driven, value-centered and are committed to equity and inclusion,” Barnett continued. “BADG is here to cultivate and empower Black leaders to creative industries to thrive today with our shared futures. We live by our values, creating opportunities for our members to succeed while reaching out to the industry leaders to support the great work and visionary of Black makers.”

For BADG, having opportunities for Black creatives to work in the hospitality industry is of the utmost importance. Earlier this year, BADG launched its first legacy project, Obsidian, a virtual concept house designed by 23 BADG creators and two rising stars, and invited new conversations about home as a place of thriving for one million Black families. This focused on core values like wellness, identity and ancestorial futures.

This summer, they launched BADG Journal, an inaugural BADG education fund initiative—the Creative Futures Grant—which will provide four Black identifying graduate and undergraduate students studying visual arts, interior design, product design or architecture with both monetary support and mentorship.

The artists showcased their creations and connection to culture during the event. See below each artists’ work and contact info:

Dana Baugh
Handmade ceramics, lighting, furniture and softgoods from Jamaica
Instagram: @baughaus
Email: [email protected]

Glenyse Thompson
Abstract art, wallpaper murals
Instagram: @glenyse
Email: [email protected]

Jomo Tariku
Modern African themed furniture
Instagram: @jomofurniture
Email: [email protected]

Malene Barnett (founder, BADG)
Textiles and ceramics inspired by West African art, rugs
Instagram: @malene.barnett
Email: [email protected]