What it is.

IT'S 2022!! Happy New Year AAGD Fam!                _           
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S'up, !

We’re looking for resonance.
We want louder creative voices ringing together in a more harmonious existence.

We’re looking for more critique.
While we produce content, sometimes we’re unsure what the community thinks.

We’re looking for deeper connection.
We know the bind of social media: thinking you know a person and wanting to trust them IRL.

We’re looking for solace and safety.
It. Is. Bananas out there. Then again, it’s always been a bag of bananas for us.

We’re looking for support.
And not the cheap kind where everything is transactional.

These are the things we need to become the best of ourselves.

What do you need to become your best self right now?

AAGD Wednesdays
AAGD Wednesday Live
Wednesday, January 5th, 7PM Central
Streaming Broadcast with Dave, Terrence & Terri
Catch us live on FB or YouTube
. (recording in membership site.)

Peer Mentorship Hour
Wednesday, January 12th, 7pm Central
Free for All | Airmeet

Some intelligent members use mentorship and office hours to craft a custom portfolio finishing curriculum. We thought that was a clever way to use the pieces of AAGD to work for them. Yes, we will encourage you to talk one-on-one with another peer at this event. Yes, you will find out that you're not alone with your creative struggles. Imagine that.
Office Hours | Mentorship with Russell Toynes
Wednesday, January 19th, 6 PM Central
Free to AAGD Tribe | Membership site

This month Russell will be hosting office hours. If you want a portfolio or project review, direction, or you need someone to help you step up your game, sign up now!

Design Chat w/ Ayrika Craig
Wednesday, January 26th, 7pm Central
Questions from AAGD Members | Broadcast

Taxes!!!! This month's chat features creative accountant, Ayrika Craig of the Creative's Tax Company.
With a background in marketing/art direction and a master's degree in economic development, she got that knowledge, and y'all gonna get it!

Get your questions ready.

The BlackMade Awards

BlackMade serves as a stage to showcase and spotlight Black designers, our work, and our voice as we strive toward reclaiming identity and expressing the vision of our people across the spectrum

of design.

Categories: Digital, Illustration, Print, Branding, Wild Card

Please visit BlackMadeAwards for more details.
We are looking forward to what you have to show the world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 7pm cst.


The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Reflection & Expression

Out next month, this book is an anthology of writings by 70 Black designers, artists, curators, educators, and students.

The AAGD's Article is in Chapter 9: Collective, Radical, and Liberatory Spaces in Design. The title: Forming a liberatory space for Black Creatives is a form of protest, the fulfillment of a promise and the only pathway for unapologetic black creativity.

See what we have to say about our space!

AAGD Open Call for Mentors

Calling all mentors! AAGD is looking for individuals who have the interest, bandwidth, and availability to be mentors for our new mentorship program. We have the mentees, and now we need the mentors.

If you're interested please contact Jakia Fuller via email at

May you have a wonderful new year!

Terrence Moline
Founder + Head Listener


All fresh Illustrations by Chuck Scott
Listening to Hella Dope! 2021 by the man with fresh friends Cameron T. Moore.
You can always have fun with Ashley Green and other AA/Blk Designers on Eff the Glitter.

You got something that wows—fo’ real tho'? Let the group know: