Image: The Black Queer Leaders Project -- Audre Lorde, Megan Leppla and Jo Hoffman, digital print for the Root Division 2020 Coloring Book

The Black Queer Leaders Veneration Project is an expression of gratitude for Black queer leaders who pave the way towards liberation. As educators, Megan Leppla and Jo Hoffman started this project by creating coloring book pages in an effort to shift Black narratives away from stories of deficit and instead move towards stories of love. As two non-Black queer femmes who easily move through the world, they seek to recognize and honor those who do not share that privilege, and with this in mind, actively take steps towards dismantling systems of oppression. This project continues to honor and celebrate Black leaders, now in this second iteration, as a temporary mural installation at Root Division.

Visit the Black Queer Leaders Veneration virtual gallery.

More about Megan Leppla:
Leppla is a queer Latinx artist and educator whose work seeks to build community through the exploration of intersectional identities. Leppla received a Masters of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has shown work nationally and internationally through solo exhibitions, group shows, and artist residencies.
The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a gallery for Root Division artists to connect and engage in dialogue around the work being made on site, and to exhibit their art to the public. The Project Space is located on our rear mezzanine, and is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. This space is made possible with the generous support of Ed Frank and Sarah Ratchye.