Aisha Abdul Rahman
Creator, Curator, New Media Collections Manager
The number one desire that creatives have is to be seen, heard, and understood. With a passion and love for visual arts & virtual worlds; and well over 20 years of business and project management experience; I went back to school to focus on library science and art curation. My mission as a creator and curator of Legacy Designs Studio is not only to create a space that showcases and highlights black art, but uplifts, empowers and heals black people who experience it.
We all have what is referred to as various archetypal personalities, one of mine is the scribe. For over 20 years I have been doing ancestry and genealogical research on both sides of my family. I have followed the paper trail and have taken a several DNA tests. I hit a dead end around the early 1800’s and the most that I found was that my results showed my ancestry of 87% African , from various countries in Africa. Well ummm, duhhhh.
It is our mission to work with black creatives and black brands in Africa and the diaspora to create events that bring about the empowerment and healing of our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits.
In the fall of 2019 I wrapped up a project working at one of USC’s libraries on a weeding, cataloging and archiving project. It was during that time that I fell in love with Art Librarianship and Art Curation. I returned home in October 2019, retired from my 20 year Web Design agency, and turned Legacy Designs Studio into an Art Curation Agency. I began working with local art organizations, meeting local creatives and learning the ropes of curating in physical spaces when COVID19 hit. I suggested to the organization I was working for about Virtual Events, but they were very hesitant to get onboard with my idea, and then the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Protests began.
With the enormous amount of powerful Black Lives Matter artwork that begun to circulate social media, I wondered if it would be possible to bring all these artists and their artwork into a virtual space that would facilitate opportunities for dialogue. What started as a 24 hour Black Lives Matter Virtual Art Exhibit, turned into a five day event and a fourth of July boycott with over 200 registered guests.
As African’s in the diaspora, many of us have no place to call home and the political climate really showed us that like never before. The energy of the protests and the political climate motivate me to take a DNA test once again. This time with African Ancestry. I needed to five deeper, I needed to know more. I needed to find exactly where home was.
I decided to take the new knowledge, information, and feeling of empowerment about who I was and where home was to focus on creating and curating experiences in virtual spaces to not only highlight the beauty of the gifts and talents that we have as black people, but to empower and heal as well.