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Black Futures: Preserving Identity in the Post-Digital Age

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The internet and social media have made storytelling a possibility for anyone, but how do you ensure your version of the story gets told, reaches a critical mass to make an impact, and is preserved for future generations? Kimberly Drew, Associate Online Community Producer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jenna Wortham, Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine, discuss their latest collaboration, Black Futures—an online research project devoted to preserving and documenting contemporary blackness. 


This panel is part of POWarts's summer series focused on preserving and presenting art and culture online. These evening programs are organized and moderated by JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum. Wine reception begins at 6:30pm, followed by the discussion, 7-8pm.



Kimberly Drew (@museummammy) received her BA from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for Hyperallergic, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lehmann Maupin. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Performa Biennial, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art Basel, the Brooklyn Museum and elsewhere. Drew is currently the Associate Online Community Producer at The Met.

Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, where she previously covered technology and Internet culture. She has also written for The Fader, The Paris Review, The Hairpin, and Vogue. Other side hustles include: Bloop, Heartline on Bel-Air Radio, Everybody Sexts, the Emoji Art Show & Girl Crush Zine.

JiaJia Fei (@vajiajia) is the Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum of New York where she oversees the Museum’s digital strategy across platforms, including web, mobile, email, and social media. JiaJia previously served as Associate Director, Digital Marketing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and holds a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College.

This program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.