We had the good fortune of connecting with April Hobby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi April, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I gain happiness by building resources for others to utilize and creating a meaningful community. Right now, The Black Curation is my source of happiness. The Black Curation allows me to tap into my creativity and build community with those that believe in the mission. In February 2021, I created a Black-owned art galleries map for people to discover and support local Black-owned art galleries near them. To date, located over 150 Black-owned art galleries through research and community feedback (there are so many in L.A.!) Additionally, it brings me joy to find creative ways to share my visits to art pop-ups, Black-owned art galleries, and museums with readers.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career is evolving, but my advice to others is that it is imperative to know your values and needs to thrive in any environment. Recently, I endured a little over six months job searching process. I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t evaluate my goals, needs, and expectations from a future employer. It took time to do, but it was worth not settling, which is a privilege in itself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you are visiting Washington DC, here are my suggestions: Use The Black Curation Gallery Map or Directory to visit a Black-owned art gallery during your travel
Smithsonian Museums
Old Town Alexandria
14th Street in DC
9:30 Club
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Kennedy Center

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In January 2022, I received an invitation from Founder/CEO, BlkArthouse, Tatiana Rice to join the BlkArthouse Advisory Board due to my experience creating The Black Curation. This is my first time serving on a board not tied to my alma mater so this is a special moment for me. BlkArthouse is a platform for connecting collectors with Black art while promoting and supporting artists through sales, exhibitions, and professional development. Thankful to Tatiana for this incredible opportunity!

Website: theblackcuration.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theblackcuration/

Image Credits
Image 2 – Standing in front of 30-foot mural on Dorrell Place in London designed by artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane Image 4 – Inside Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama at Rubell Museum in Miami

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