Gail Sydnor is an art gallery within the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Our mission is to support and develop opportunities for creative professionals, artists and residents in order to enhance and sustain West Michigan’s creative economy.


An Annual Cultural Celebration

Black Arts Festical (BAF) is a public arts and cultural festival founded and run by the Black Arts & Cultural Center of Kalamazoo. Since 1986, the festival has hosted artists from across the globe and brought hundreds of businesses to the downtown area — creating a cultural destination in our community.

Throughout the festival, BAF showcased the artists’ talents alongside musicians, local artists and many other community organizations.

BAF is made possible by the support of it’s planning team members, partners, sponsors, board members, volunteers and community.

We encourage you to take photos and share them with the world by using #BAFKZOO .


Gail Sydnor Artistic Development Grant is funded through annual fundraising & grants to develop artist of color in Kalamazoo. The grant  is designed to support individual artists in their endeavor to develop themselves and their art through projects or professional development. Attention is paid, and weight is given, to the artistic merit of a project, or how a professional development opportunity will help further an artist’s career. There are two separate categories for this grant: Professional Development and Project Support.


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(269) 349 - 1035


Black Arts & Cultural Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Office Hours
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Gail Sydnor Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm


Office hours are sometimes flexible. We encourage calling before visiting and emailing to schedule Gail Sydnor Gallery viewing and Executive Director appointments.