Kamau Ware is a multidimensional creative blending complementary yet disparate disciplines as an Artist / Historian. Ware retells and expands history with scholarship and visual storytelling to fuse creativity and learning into one experience. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX), which is an immersive multimedia project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City through a series of historic walks, talks, photography-based graphic novels, and events.
Ware’s Black Gotham Experience has been featured in the New York Observer, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Time Out New York. BGX has won awards and grants from Columbia University’s History in Action Project and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ware has also made appearances on NBC New York, ABC New York, and The Huffington Post to share this unique understanding of the Black Diaspora’s presence in New York City. Ware has also received prominent commissions, one of which was a public art project in New York City’s Financial District just one block from Wall Street located on Water Street and Gouverneur Lane, the first Black history tour of New York City Hall commissioned by New York Public Design Commission, and A Walk Through Time for The Mile-Long Opera (2018).
Kamau Ware has become a sought-after voice to fill the visual abyss of Black New York history, illustrating powerful stories that exist outside of public consciousness. Recent engagements include a joint presentation by the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Goldman Sachs, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2017); and the inaugural BLERD (Black + Nerd) City Conference (2017); the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Austin, TX (2017); Creative Control Fest in Columbus, OH (2017); the New Museum IdeasCity in New York, NY. (2017), the Annual Max J Bond Jr. Lecture in New York, NY (2017), and SXSWedu & SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas (2018 and 2019). This fall 2018, Kamau became a visiting professor for the New School co-teaching a course titled “Blind Spots: A Walk Through New York City’s Black Past”. Kamau recently completed an international speaking tour titled Origin Stories, including stops at Yale University, Lincoln’s Cottage, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and a keynote for the California Library Association.