Friday, February 24


Pratt Institute, Design Center, Stueben Hall, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Alternating Futures

Led by Salome Asega and Ayo Okunseinde and featuring artist, Anthony MchPherson, Alternating Futures will talk about models for participatory tech and design projects with particular emphasis on Iyapo Repository. The Repository is a resource library which houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of people of African descent. The collection is managed and developed through a series of participatory workshops where participants become archivists of a future history they envision. They’ll end the talk by running through a condensed version of the Iyapo Repository workshop.

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Sunday, March 5 


Skylight Clarkson North, 572 Washington Street,  New York, NY

Reinventing Museums

A conversation with Alex Kalman of Mmuseumm, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega of the Iyapo Repository, and Nico Wheadon of The Studio Museum in Harlem, moderated by Willa Köerner, Director of Curation for Kickstarter.

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Monday, March 6


New York University, The Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Artist As Global Citizen

In the current political climate, how do artists sustain and foster cross-cultural dialogues and projects? In a panel moderated by Gallatin faculty member and co-founder of EarSay Judith Sloan, with an introduction by Gallatin faculty member and chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program, Kristin Horton, Gallatin alumnae Jasmin Agosto (MA ’15; Education and Community Outreach Manager at the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library), Salome Asega (BA ’11; co-host of Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision and Assistant Director of POWRPLNT), and Marsha Becker (MA ’05; Towson University), will share their work and discuss the power of oral histories and how stories strengthen communities and work for social justice.

This event is part of the programming for Women’s History Month 2017. 

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Thursday, March 9


Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W 62nd St, New York, NY

The Laundromat Project: Sanctuary at Lincoln Center

Join The Laundromat Project for a creative and immersive discussion around reimagining community safety. We’ll be exploring the idea of “sanctuary” and “the role of artists and the arts in creating and supporting places of refuge.”

Moderator: Saeed Jones, Executive Editor, Culture, Buzzfeed

Featuring: Salome Asega, Rasu Jilani, Salvador Muñoz, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Katherine Toukhy

Free and open to the public. More info here

BEYOND THE CRADLE: Envisioning a New Space Age

Sunday, March 12


MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA

Design your space future

Featuring: Warren Ellis, author, Salome Asega, artist, Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, artist and designer, Ariel Waldman, founder of

Join a panel of Sci Fi, open-space and Afrofuturist artists, designers, and hackers for a speculative brainstorming session on the ideologies of our space future. If Outer Space is a canvas for new norms and narratives, what would you nurture or curtail? What are the laws and cultural expectations that might evolve over long-duration space missions, or at the asteroid mining frontier? How will we preserve, adapt, and/or update our Earth-based cultures for populations that may never call Earth home? If we were to write a “Declaration of the Independence of Outer Space” (a la John Perry Barlow), what might it say?

More info here