Black Earth Institute is a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. Until recent times, art expressed grander values than commerce and celebrity. Delphic oracle, Celtic bard, African griot, aboriginal orator: all used word and movement, color and craft, to bring wisdom from the spiritual realm to their communities. All expressed connection between humanity and something beyond humanity, through their art.

In the great tradition of Walt Whitman, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Arthur Rimbaud, HD, Zora Neale Hurston, Rumi, Chief Seattle and Sri Ramakrishna, Black Earth Institute supports the artist as prophet and visionary who helps create a society attuned to earth’s rhythms and to the rights of all people.


The emblem includes two leaves of burr oak, native to the American prairies and able to survive prairie fires because of its thick bark. Together, these images speak to us of intercultural connection, respect for the environment, and acknowledgement of the sacred.

Emblem design by Kathleen Monaghan

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