THE BLK SHP STORY…
"GIVE US THE BLACK SHEEP. I WANT ARTISTS WHO ARE FRUSTRATED. I WANT THE ONES WHO HAVE ANOTHER WAY OF DOING THINGS. THOSE THAT NOBODY IS LISTENING TO..."
— BRAD BIRD, DIRECTOR, PIXAR
Inspired by trips to Pixar, a group of entrepreneurs, writers, artists, and social entrepreneurs started BLK SHP (black sheep) in 2012. This initial group cherished each other and the community’s spirit of play. Where others saw something strange, there was something undeniably powerful and human about not being alone on the creative journey. Since then BLK SHP has grown into a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of people-frst collaborators. This ecosystem is made up of a 501(c)3 Foundation, a learning community of artists, educators, and entrepreneurs, and the many partners who support our commitment to art and creativity.
Anyone can be a BLK SHP, so long as they are working and acting creatively, in concert with the mission. BLK SHP has five core guiding values:
+ Curiosity: It's about asking questions, celebrating mystery, expanding our individual growth-edges.
+ Conviction: We believe in having a point of view and sharing that point of view with integrity, humility, and heart.
+ Courage: Scared much? Us too! We don't avoid our fears. We embrace them.
+ Collaboration: We don't want to glue egos together. We want to access the ideas generated in-between the people around the workbench.
+ Contribution: It's a give-take world. We want to work with people who have something to give to our collective experience as well as something to gain. Give 5% of your time. Give 50% of your time. Whatever you give, give something meaningful to GSD (get sh*t done).