ZEAL - Creating space for Black artists to thrive. We divide and conjure.
Lobi is our worker owned agency that represents Black creatives. We provide programming and services for Black creatives in multimedia arts. We collaborate through artist representation, 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. Lobi is in homage to The Lobi tribe who are in regions now known as Burkina Faso, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Ghana. The Lobi people are known for their skill sets in agriculture, sculpting, mask-making, and as exquisite xylophonists. Lobi is what makes our work as a cooperative for Black creatives possible.
At Lobi, 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, 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 conjurers that are continuing the legacy of the Black Arts Movement, by providing the support systems necessary for our cultural work to evolve.