BlackLight Summit - Our Story




Tariq Darrell O'Meally, Director


Presented by the Artist Partner Programs at The Clarice, the BlackLight Summit is a year-long dance initiative that investigates how time, people, possibility and hope come together to examine legacy, citizenship and scholarship. The summit asks, through the practice of being socially responsible within the arts: How do we create traditions? How do we transform them into enduring legacies?

The peak of the BlackLight Summit is a three-day convening that features roundtable conversations, artistic presentations and student engagement. This initiative re-envisions dance performance as a conduit to galvanize imagination, resilience and inventiveness.



This summit is a convening that re-envisions dance performance as a conduit to galvanize the social imaginations, resilience, and inventiveness of citizens, thinkers, activists, and artists. This multi-day gathering uses the medium of dance/choreography as a catalyst to:

  • Create a platform to amplify, inspire and affirm the narratives/experiences of marginalized groups; specifically BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities
  • Aspiring to facilitate an equitable presentation series for emerging millennial artists of color; specifically black artists
  • Developing fertile educational experiences through immersive exposure and multifaceted access
  • Facilitating courageous spaces that are invested in fostering dialogues with/for audiences and community members of The Clarice

News & Announcements

November 18, 2020 • Announcing BlackLight Summit