Founded in 2005, The Black Dot Museum of Political Art began as a by-appointment-only endeavor to convene on-demand in cafes in Vancouver and on tour. Its original exhibition space was limited to a letter size envelop of colored dots that represent political content in art, strategies of inspiration and inclusion, and the art, music, publishing and writing created in Mecca Normal’s thirty year history.
The dots can be dumped out on a table at a Vietnamese Restaurant down the street from Mecca Normal’s rehearsal space in East Vancouver, during a radio interview or anywhere else the museum chooses to take a place.
1. To collect and exhibit art that represents alternative voices of self-directed citizens, culture-based communities and political activists.
2. To make accessible to the public, academics, students, educators, librarians and artists, a collection that intends to create progressive social change through the increased awareness of societal injustices past, present and future.
3. To illuminate the actions and perspectives of historical figures whose efforts intended to repeal injustices as they were perceived.
4. To broaden the commonly-understood meaning of political art through the inclusion of artwork that challenges the term.
5. To adhere to the definition of a museum as outlined by the ICOM (International Council of Museums).
“A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”