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Brooklyn Nets and Black Boy Art Show Celebrate Black History Month with a Groundbreaking Art Exhibition

Feb 23, 2024

In a groundbreaking celebration of Black History Month, the Brooklyn Nets collaborated with the Black Boy Art Show for an innovative pop-up exhibition during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8th, 2024.

This event, powered by Model, brought the vibrant intersection of sports and Black artistry to the forefront of the Barclays Center, featuring the works of 5 talented Black male artists. Curated by Michael Del Cristo and John Quashie, the exhibition highlighted Brooklyn’s unique imagery and the rich tapestry of Black culture, creating a dynamic environment that honored the significant contributions of Black artists to the fabric of American culture.


The primary goal of this collaboration was to showcase the unique talents of Black male artists within the context of sports, emphasizing the cultural richness of Brooklyn and the profound influence of Black artistry in both sports and society. By leveraging the extensive artist database of the Black Boy Art Show, curators Michael Del Cristo and John Quashie assembled a selection of artists whose work resonated deeply with the themes of sports, Brooklyn culture, and Black artistry. Their meticulous curation ensured a diverse and rich representation of Black artistry, enhancing the game-day experience for fans and participants alike.


The event featured distinctive branding and promotional materials that created a cohesive and engaging environment for attendees. In-arena announcements and b-roll video footage prominently displayed during the first and second quarters captivated the audience, drawing them into the world of art even as the game unfolded. The exhibition space itself was thoughtfully designed and adorned with plants and decorations, creating an inviting atmosphere that encouraged interaction and appreciation of the artworks on display.

Live art performances by selected artists offered attendees a unique glimpse into the creative process, fostering direct engagement with the art and artists. The strategic placement of the exhibit facilitated meaningful engagement between the artists and game attendees during breaks, allowing for a deeper appreciation of the artwork and the stories behind them. This seamless integration of art and sports provided a rich, multifaceted experience that resonated with fans, artists, and organizers alike.


The collaboration between the Brooklyn Nets and the Black Boy Art Show was a resounding success, receiving acclaim from all involved. It not only showcased the remarkable talents of Black male artists but also enriched the game-day experience by bridging the worlds of sports and art. This innovative partnership underscored the significance of Black culture and artistry, fostering a deeper appreciation among a broader audience.

Featured Artists:

  • James Brown (@jamesbrowneffect)
  • The Local Gallery NYC (@tlg_nyc @slam)
  • Jeff Casso (@urbanartz662)
  • Cors Wavey (@corswavey)
  • Jay (JR) Theartist (@jayjrtheartist)





This event exemplified the power of creative collaborations to celebrate and amplify diverse voices, highlighting the integral role of art in sports and cultural discourse. It marked a significant step forward in recognizing and valuing the contributions of Black artists to the fabric of American culture.