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 Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM)

  • Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO, 63112 United States (map)

BSAM STL 2018 #BSAMstl2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11am - 6pm
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis, MO - Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, independent film, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Our annual conventions, co-founded in 2016 by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCAMaia Crown Williams. They include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, science fiction, and artisan creators and vendors, as well as live performances, MECCAcon International Film Festival aka MECCAconIFF, Afrofuturism, social activism, and comic centered seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well. We also heavily encourage schools to attend in groups. Locations for BSAM and MECCAcon include St Louis, Detroit, Houston, Toronto, Montreal, Greece, Philadelphia, the Bronx, NYC, Los Angeles, Ghana, Berlin, Ottawa, Nova Scotia, and more.

BSAM STL is honored to be hosting our event this year at the Missouri History Museum. The Missouri Historical Society serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage our audiences. 2018's convention in St Louis, our 3rd year, will this time center on black masculinity and the re-imagining thru the BSAM eye. Keynote speakers and guests include Tommy J CurryStacey RobinsonJohn JenningsSheree Renée Thomas, and many more. Along with multiple panels and other activities throughout the day, MECCAcon International Film Festival will also include films based on the black male image, created by them as well.

Our guests this year include John JenningsTiffany BarberStacey Robinson, and Tommy J Curry.

Our official program for #BSAMstl2018 is now being lined up. The purpose of our events mainly centers on the Afrofuturism, black comics, independent film, speculative fiction, science fiction, and more.

If you are interested in moderating a panel, workshop, and/or lecture, or interested in your film being submitted to MECCAcon International Film Festival (films travel to multiple locations thru the year, as well as a consideration in our subscription box), please contact us today. Film submissions must be in by December 15, 2017. Vending (limited) is also available, starting at only $75/table. Split tables start at only $100.


For more information, please contact BSAM co-founder, Maia Crown Williams,, 3134510297.