We are a group of Black queer artists based in NYC. We collectivized in response to deep-seated underappreciation, undervaluing, and underfunding of Black queer art. We focus on uplifting Black queer voices and experiences by: creating space for artistic endeavors, providing equitable compensation for time and work, and fostering fellowship and opportunity for our communities, both present and future.
As artists, we dedicate ourselves to creating works that shift culture and offer historically excluded perspectives. Black queer communities have long driven the arts on a global scale, and we aim to ensure that full creative autonomy becomes and remains central to our collective histories.
Thus, we have formed LEGACY, a production company focused on providing resources to artists systemically excluded from—and exploited by—media and the arts.
Garrett Allen (they/them) is a Black, queer interdisciplinary artist and director working primarily in performance, video, and installation. They create pieces that are urgent, emotionally vulnerable, unapologetic, and visceral; aiming to combat spectator (and general worldly) passivity by collaboratively creating sensorial and actively engaging experiences. Their work has been seen at Prelude Festival, Ars Nova ANTFEST, Polyphone Festival, The Invisible Dog, School of Visual Arts NYC, the Knockdown Center, and elsewhere. garrett-allen.com
Kyle Carrero Lopez (he/him) is a writer born to Cuban parents in New Jersey. He is the author of the chapbook MUSCLE MEMORY, winner of the 2021 [PANK] Books Contest. His poems are published or forthcoming in POETRY, The Nation, TriQuarterly, The BreakBeat Poets Volume IV: LatiNext (Haymarket Books, 2020), & elsewhere, including highlights of his writing in The Atlantic and W Magazine. He holds an MFA in Poetry from NYU. kylecarrerolopez.com
Ashton Muniz (They/He) is a queer actor, performance artist, filmmaker and producer based in New York. Ashton’s goal through artistic work is to continue to instill joy into the world by embracing the realities of the present. Ashton has recently been seen in/collaborated on works around the globe at venues such as The Guggenheim, Centre National de la Danse, New York Theatre Workshop, The Art Institute of Chicago, St. Ann’s Warehouse, New Museum, The Park Ave Armory and more. Ashton attended actor/artist training programs at Ithaca College & Moscow Arts Theatre School.
Basit Shittu (they/them) is a non-binary Black Nigerian Brooklyn based Performance Artist, singer/songwriter, musician, and Actor. Basit earned their BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, and some of their professional theatrical credits include, Sam in PILLOWTALK Off-Broadway, and Tribe in the European Tour of Hair! The Musical. Basit made their television debut in MTV’s first queer dating show Are You The One. In the fall of 2020, Basit released their debut single Fluid, a personal ode, love letter, and celebration of the fluidity in gender and sexuality.