Founded in 2016 by choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle which creates new, relevant classical ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. Based in New York City, the project hosts a team of predominantly artists of color capable of delivering cross-discipline and wholly original works. The collaborative harnesses the Black community's inherent creative spirit to encourage and inspire youth of color to pursue art, movement and music as an expressive outlet and a means for collective healing. While at Vineyard Arts Project, they will be working on material for a new ballet premiering in 2019. (Photo by Matthew Murphy).