Making pathways for truth-telling and community resilience through arts education advocacy, career development for artists and creatives, illustrative archivation, visual journalism, and joyous collaborations.
"Dismantle your right to comfort."
Precious Blake is a visual journalist and non-profit administrator living in Baltimore, MD. Precious received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with a concentration in Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA.) Precious makes pathways for equitable access to the arts by working with arts education advocates, leading workshops, curating conversations, and creating collaborations that combine her passion for journalism, illustration and highlighting historically marginalized voices. The latter work began with Creatives of Color, a visual journalism project that collected the stories of culturally diverse Baltimore arts figures through type and illustrations. She has been featured in multiple web and print publications such as Hyrsteria, harp +sword.co, the Artist Exchange Radio Show and the Baltimore Sun. Her selected exhibitions include FRONT, Main Zero Gallery, and Peter Bruun Studios.
In addition to her artistic practice, Precious has led or co-presented at numerous panels and conferences such as the Common Field Convening, Maryland Citizen for the Arts’ Arts Lab, Towson University’s Equity in Education Conference, and Light City Festival’s Youth Labs. She has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Social Innovation Fellowship with Starting Bloc, Women of Color in the Arts Mentorship Program, Baltimore Corps, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and MICA Sidney Lake Award. She has worked in several capacities at arts education organizations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region. Currently, she is the Arts in Education Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council and is the Lead Artist for the ongoing afro-spirtualism project, Celestial Beings.