The Black Dot Museum

of Political Art

Objectives, Methods, Resources, Exhibits and Links


1. To collect and exhibit art that represents alternative voices of self-directed citizens, culture-based communities and political activists.
2. To make accessible to the public, academics, students, educators, librarians and artists, a collection that intends to create progressive social change through the increased awareness of societal injustices past, present and future.
3. To illuminate the actions and perspectives of historical figures whose efforts intended to repeal injustices as they were perceived.
4. To broaden the commonly-understood meaning of political art through the inclusion of artwork that challenges the term.
Museum Methods:
- The Museum will maintain a very small base of operation, a 1000 square foot office and exhibition space in Bellingham, Washington, incurring monthly expenses of $1000.
- The Museum will focus on touring exhibits, online content, classroom lectures, and the educational components of the online content.
- By taking art on tour, the Museum employs a populist approach to making its collections and outreach programs accessible beyond museum walls.
- The Museum utilizes evolving technology to bring content to where audiences can engage with it online.
- The Museum's approach to collection accessibility demonstrates good environmental practice and it reflects the D-I-Y methods art and music communities utilize at the underground level.
- The Museum's method of operation is itself political, in that it encourages altruism and reciprocity, with an overriding objective of making things happen regardless of financial limitations.
External Inclusion:
The Museum intends to secure academic, museum and library representation by generating web-based material to be featured on the websites of these institutions. Museum-generated exhibitions, lectures, videos, artist portfolios and educational content will be included in the syllabi, archives and data-bases of these institutions.
Touring Exhibits:

The Museum applies methods based on the independent music scene of the 1990s, when, prior to the advent of Internet-based communication, a local band would be invited to open for a touring band with the understanding that the local band was in a better position to secure a venue and promote the event. Additionally, the local band brought out their audience to the event. The reciprocal nature of the touring system created an opportunity for the opening (local) band to travel to the town of the touring band (now in the position of the local band) and receive the same organizational benefits. This created community that is still regarded as remarkable. The Museum intends to re-establish this working method as it applies to political art exhibitions, to encourage reciprocal culture-based communities. The Museum's touring exhibits will include the work of a local artist who will serve as a gallery liaison responsible for implementing regionally-specific promotional opportunities -- in much the same way a local opening band would provide services in the 1990s music scene model.
The Museum will document (in video, photography and written material) the fundamental realization of the invention of an alternative museum as it occurs. This material will be included in the Museum's collection to serve as a prototypical example, a model, for the creation of other community-based collections of art.
Project Resources:
Jean Smith will be responsible for the budget and ensure that overall objectives of the Museum are met. She is the founder of the BDMPA and will be responsible for securing space and overseeing the daily operations including communication and promotion of the Museum as well as structuring exhibition schedules for the Museum and touring exhibits.
Business Manager Matthew Moon, will oversee the funds and the budget. As the owner of the Kill Rock Stars record label, he has dealt with the distribution and promotion of hundreds of recording projects as well as overseeing the administration of his business.
Collections Manager David Lester, will supervise and periodically review the project's viability in terms of objectives and daily operations. He will also assist with technical problems relating to the database. David Lester is the editor and art director at a quarterly publication that provides librarians with reviews of recently published books.
Project Manager EE Miller holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in electronic arts and a Masters degree in public history. She will generate and work from an overview of the Museum's activities based on the Museum's objectives. She will also be the liaison with other museums.

Curator Michael J. Kramer, Ph.D. lectures in history and American studies at Northwestern University, Illinois. He will create and maintain academic partnerships.

The Board, will assist by offering expertise as required. 
Educational Technology Consultant, Steve Midgley, Deputy Director, US Department of Education, will assist in making the Museum’s educational content accessible to students and educators.
Web developer, tba, will oversee the archiving of the Museum's online collection and coordinate with institutions that host the Museum's content on their websites. The web developer will oversee the creation of educational content in terms of its technological accessibility.

The Museum will continue to utilize donations of time in terms of expertise, volunteers and reciprocal arrangements with exhibition artists, academic institutions and galleries. 
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art is online across several web formats with different attributes for archiving, exhibiting, educational content, screening videos, networking, and promotion.
Inspired Agitators -- the poster series that started it all