Open Engagement Conference Activations [NYC | May 2018]

Open Engagement Dinner Conversation Series

Black, Queer + Joyful: Funding Black Womyn


Date: May 12, 2018

Time: 7:00  - 8:30

Food by Sol Sips @ [203 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn,NY]

Nick Alder & Rae Chardonnay Taylor (Party Noire, SOLAR House Studio)

How do we create affirming spaces for Black joy + Black femmes + queer folk within the confines of capitalism? The co-founders of Party Noire facilitate a conversation exploring tactics, strategies, and tools for building economic sustainability for Black queer womyn. Practicing artists, creative entrepreneurs, space makers, curators + cultural producers, be ready to share resources, and tips for making coin, navigating capitalistic economic systems, and creating community sustainability.

This event is for black and brown attendees.

Tickets + information:



Sunday Night Closing Party at Flux Factory

with Party Noire, Xhoir and DJ Latham


May 13, 2018

7:00  - Midnight

Flux Factory

Latham Zearfoss

Party Noire

Join us for a tender turn up, as we sing and dance our farewells – to each other and to Open Engagement. OE staff will be performing (Jade, Xhoir), DJing (Latham) and working the bar (Rimona and Kyra). And our lovely buddies from last year’s conference, Party Noire will carry us into the future with vibes galore.

Hosted dinner from 7-9 from Kati Roll Shack for Open Engagement presenters and attendees!

Free with Open Engagement Conference Pass.

General Admission begins at 9 pm and is $5 at the door.

Information + tickets:

We Bikin: Black Joy Ride- QTPOC Crew Bike Ride Summer Series

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 We out.

Last Summer we plotted on bikes, hit up Wheel of Time Bikes + Boards in Pilsen for some custom babies + got them just in time to hit up the crew rides with 2wheelgods. Over the last few weeks of our extended Winter, we met with the Southside bike collective to dream up our summer crew bike ride series. We imagined a Black + Brown utopic space for queer folk + POC allies to ride, build community + cultivate holistic wellness; the Black joy ride. Once a month, we will link up + ride out for a safe, pre-routed ride. We'll share a skill or information for Black and Brown folk in the bike community with a pre-ride workshop starting at 6:30 pm. If you are just joining us for the ride, link up time is at 7 pm with a peel off time of 7:30 pm. 

*This monthly ride is exclusively for People of Color.

*Bring your lights, helmets + the gear you need for a safe city ride.

*The route is planned for 2 hours, but you can hop in and out as you need to.

*Got a JBL speaker? Bring it! We syncing up for a curated Black joy ride playlist.

*Plans may be adjusted due to weather (shortened ride, cancellations etc.) We'll use social media for real-time updates.


We about pull up, hop on, make it look sexy. Details for our first ride on April 25th are below:

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Black Joy in BK IV

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🗽🗽🗽NYC + BK babes! We are pulling up on you. Spring presents the opportunity for shedding, growing + creating space for everything new. We are in town from April 19-23rd, joining our friends at the Solidarity Beyond Borders Conference, where you can catch our workshop on Transnational Black Joy. We can’t come to our second home + not PARTY! Our first 2018 Brooklyn kiki happens Sunday, April 22nd from 9 pm to 2 am. We blend our CHI homebase with our East coast fam,  featuring some of the baddest womyn DJs to bless our decks from Chicago to NYC. Sounds brought to you by our own DJ Rae Chardonnay, forever dancing + never ashy bae WIFE of WRATH aka Petty Crocker. We’re reuniting with our NYC love + Rae’s DJ bestie Twelve45 + welcome brand new bae, Fxwrk. A family reunion, post-conference kiki with our friends at Women of Color in Solidarity, a space for new family + friends, same mission + new affirming space/venue. Meet us at Mood Ring in where we’ll be here for Black Joy + center Black womyn, femmes + folk. We got a few cute surprises on the way. 

Pre-sale tix: $7-10 donation

Same day tix: $12-15 donation

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Purchase tix here:

*No Black/QWOC femmes or womyn turned away due to lack of funds. Email us:

The ‪#‎PartyNoire‬ community is very intentional space for uplifting and affirming the lives of Black womyn. This space of ‪#‎BlackJoy‬ celebrates Black womanhood along the gender spectrum and holds space especially for queer, trans and gender non-conforming Black people. When in this intersectional space, our space, love, uplift and make space for ALL Black Joy.

Mood Ring is equipped with gender-neutral restrooms + is wheelchair accessible (ramp off the JMZ @ Myrtle, Broadway.

The Divine Feminine: A Celebration of Chicago's Bad Ass Womyn

The Divine Feminine: A Celebration of Chicago's Bad Ass Womyn

The Divine Feminine: A Celebration of Chicago's Badass Womyn

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Currency Exchange Cafe/BING

4pm  Welcome + Cocktails at BING

5pm  Dinner + Recognition

7pm  Afterparty