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AfroFutura: An Arts and Technology Experiment

GrowHouse NYC

Sep 2017

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Dec 8, 2018
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November 23, 2018

Brooklyn, New York – November 19, 2018– AfroFutura is a FREE, all-day experience for ages 8 to 80, designed to get emerging technology in the hands of underserved families in Central Brooklyn AND to get Black families thinking about the future of technology as a medium for creativity and empowerment.

Two years in the making, AfroFutura will take place at Shell’s Loft on 13 Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday December 8th, 2018 from 12pm to 8pm.

Featuring virtual reality, music technology, film screenings, related giveaways, and more, it’s a day designed to provide exposure to new technology and art in a free, fun, low risk environment.  Participants can wander from experience to experience, sign up for workshops, or both. An RSVP link can be found at

GrowHouse NYC is an arts and technology collective and incubator for creators of color whose aim is to democratize access to technology, travel, and safe spaces for all New Yorkers regardless of age, gender, and sexual orientation, especially lifelong learners who are not currently enrolled in school.

GrowHouse NYC was founded by Shanna and Warner Sabio Jr., a mother and son duo who believe that nontraditional students need spaces where they can have access and exposure to emerging technology, art, and other creative media with the goal of sparking curiosity.  They believe curiosity and experimentation is what gives education its power and usefulness, and that experimentation before education gives those seeking to continue their education confidence in their decisions about educational paths.

Many technology-focused events have a cost attached and therefore prevent attendance by lower income youth and their families. To keep AfroFutura free Ms. Sabio worked over the past year to get grants, sponsorships and product on loan from likeminded businesses and companies.  

AfroFutura is produced by GrowHouse NYC and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).  NYC Media Lab and MOOG Music are also major sponsors of AfroFutura 2018.

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