PGAAMCC Presents: Winter Motherland

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1st Annual Winter Motherland :

Get Cultured!

Tis the Season to Get Cultured @ Winter Motherland!

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center presents: WinterMotherland. A  vibrant winter festival, that excites and unites the community around the legacy of black holiday traditions; Christmas, Kwanzaa, Junkanoo.

Our spectacular indoor / outdoor celebration showcases art, music, dance, performance, games, food and pictures with Black Santa, all situated in our unique ‘Buy Black Vendor Village’ for must have holiday shopping. If you’re looking for a vibrant welcoming local space to gather, buy black, give back andget cultured, catch the spirit of the Holiday season at WinterMotherland.

We are centering the legacy and culture of black holidays with a new kind of celebration, Winter Motherland celebrating holidays across the Black Diaspora; Christmas, Kwanzaa and  Junkanoo.

Our family friendly black quilting + Kwanzaa exhibitions on display in our museum galleries, provides a culturally enriching backdrop for students to explore the historical and artistic beauty of the holiday season importance. Book your field trip today for children at your church, school, girl scouts, boyscouts or social groups to experience Winter Motherland! Emailssmith@pgaamcc.org


Culture Queen in Kwanzaa Land: A Decade of Celebration

Calling all royalty to join us in Kwanzaa Land! PGAAMCC will have new exciting exhibition with Culture Queen.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culture-queen-in-kwanzaa-land-a-decade-of-celebration-tickets-77155719835


Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars

Chocolate City Rocks’ presents

 “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars” @PGAAMCC !

North Brentwood, MD – Chocolate City Rocks and Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) have teamed up to produce the DMV’s 1st ever “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars”.

Chocolate City Rocks and Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) have teamed up to produce the DMV’s 1st ever “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars”.  

The “Underground Railroad Under the Stars” opening date is Friday, November 15, 2019, and will be held in PGAAMCC’s outdoor pavilion from 5pm – 10pm. PGAAMCC’s address is 4519 Rhode Island Avenue in historic North Brentwood, MD – the 1st incorporated African American township in Prince George’s County, MD

The “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars” will bring a festive spirit of shopping, celebration and diaspora vibes, featuring a curated selection of vendors, food, and crafts in the museum’s outdoor pavilion. 

Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars is designed to be a vibrant and lively destination where people can pick up a bite to eat, enjoy a bit of retail therapy, and jump start the weekend with neighbors, future friends and fellow County residents.

The “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars” will take place on the following Fridays:

Friday, November 15th
Friday, November 29th (Black Friday/Winter Motherland)
Friday, December 13th

The $5 entry fee comes with a raffle ticket, and there is no charge for ages 15 & Under, and no one under 15 years of age will be admitted without an adult.

Click here for Online Ticket purchases (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/underground-railroad-bazaar-under-the-stars-tickets-77148644673)
Click for Vendor Village application (https://forms.gle/rkxqzcRWv7px1QYAA)


Culture Queen : I Like The Me I See!

You're invited to the I Like the Me I See! Book Release Party for royal children and families!

On Sunday, September 29th at a Book Signing Party at the Prince George's African American Museum! Inspired by the uplifting lyrics of my popular song "I Like the Me I See!" from the children's album by the same title, the rhythmical text accompanies vibrant images of royal children and I celebrating all the qualities that make us who we are.  Solomia Kovalchuk's rich, colorful illustrations were inspired by photos of ten years' worth of my real-life interactions many Culture Kingdom Kids programs.

Hard Cover : $25
Soft Cover: $20

*Each book can be autographed and personalized with the name of your prince or princess*

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Museum Day Live!

Museum Day is a day to celebrate the importance of museums and what they have to offer to local communities by allowing free entrance. The Prince George’s African American Museumand Cultural Center is joining the national initiative of MuseumDay Live! to will promote the theme of storytelling through art and music.

Music and Art are dynamic vehicles for spreading community change around the world and we will showcase music/live painting by our artist in residence Vanessa R. Williams as part of the exhibit 'Catharsis: Spirit Leaves A Mark' to show visitors ways they can use the arts to transform the world and engage with social justice.

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Teaching Africa Day!

Join us at the 5th annual Teaching Africa Day !

This year's event will be held at the Civic Center in Silver Spring.

Search up "Teaching Africa Day" on EventBrite or Facebook Events!

See you there!

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400 Years: Jour of the Diaspora 1619 - 2019

On September 21, 2019, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) located at 4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood Maryland, will host an exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the first Africans who arrived in Virginia in bondage due to the transatlantic slave trade and its colonizers.
‘400 Years: Journey of the Diaspora 1619-2019.’ will debut with an opening reception on Saturday, September 21st from 5-8pm, and conclude with an artist talk scheduled for Sunday, October 20th from 2-5pm. The exhibition will run from
September 21 st - October 26 th 2019 and will include tours and programs. ‘400 Years’ is our roots and our wings. We are working with amazing local curators Tim Davis and Alana Theard to honor the personhood and lived experience of Black
people, then and now.

"Art heals and can be potentially restorative in the life of a community of people that has been mistreated and is now coming full circle to a place of pride and power.”

-Executive Director Monica O. Montgomery, states.

Curators Tim Davis and Alana Theard have organized an exhibition from artists of the African Diaspora, to create a visual
journey into the spirit and soul of the descendants of African people who were snatched from the shores of their Motherland. This show brings together interdisciplinary and intergenerational artists to commemorate the 400 years since
the enslavement of African people in the United States. 

"My hope is that this exhibition (400) 1619-2019, Journey of Diaspora will bring light to a dark time in history of an enslaved people. Through art we can bring more awareness and give voice to make a difference on the continued struggle for freedom" 

-Co-curator Tim Davis states.

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#GivingBlackDay x PGAAMCC

#GivingBlackDay x PGAAMCC


DMV Black History Museum joins national day of giving for 10th Anniversary Campaign

North Brentwood, MD (August 8, 2019)– On August 28, 2019, Prince George’s African American Museum and
Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) will be joining #GivingBlackDay, a national day of giving focused on supporting black
and black-benefiting organizations. This strategic alliance comes on the heels of their kickoff to the 10th
Anniversary Campaign ‘The Story Continues’. It is important that we practice collective conscious driven Black
giving to set examples for future generations. #GivingBlackDay is also unique, in that it falls on August 28, a day
chosen due to its historical significance. Did you know that on:

  • August 28, 1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which became a “flashpoint in the civil rights movement.”
  • August 28, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
  • August 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The storm, which devastated New Orleans, inordinately impacted many of the city’s black residents.
  • August 28, 2008: Then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first black man to ever win the nomination and bid for the presidency.
  • And on August 28, 2019: PGAAMCC will host an entire day dedicated to giving in support of our community! Our campaign will run until November 30th!

PGAAMCC, Executive Director Monica. O. Montgomery, shared “Our 10th Anniversary theme ‘The Story Continues’
means we have many chapters yet to write as we envision the future of our museum and we need everyday
people to donate generously and share ideas helping to author the next page of our story at PGAAMCC. We
proudly celebrate 10 years located in Prince George’s County as a cultural and community resource – a place
where all can learn, create, and connect, serving as ‘A Home for Black Excellence!”

Check out our #GivingBlack Crowdfunding Page

Check out our#GivingBlack Donation Page

PGAAMCC joined forces with the #GivingBlackDay movement to promote the importance of Black giving and to
proudly proclaim #BlackMuseumsMatter. “We know that giving back to spaces that honor our personhood and
lived experience is a great and worthy investment; and our strongest asset to build institutions that are FUBU (For
Us by Us) which has an immediate positive impact on our communities. To show how important our culture,
traditions, wealth, and sustainability matter, we give back and we give Black.” GivingBlackDay website.

Donating to PGAAMCC on #GivingBlackDay will support our upcoming events, family experiences and future
exhibitions. To support our #GivingBlackDay campaign –

It takes 2 steps:

1. On August 28th Donate + 2. Share your support on social media.

Tag us in your posts using #Pgaamcc10 #BlackExcellence and #GivingBlackDay to join the national black giving community.

Visit www.pgaamcc.org/10th to witness our milestones, receive campaign updates and donate on #GivingBlackDay.


PGAAMCC Welcomes New Artist-in-Residence Vanessa R. Williams

PGAAMCC Welcomes New Artist-in-Residence

Vanessa R. Williams

Article By Khadija Pounsel

 “This is where I live, where I feel safe, comfortable, free to do what I want within reason, not rushed, not forced. I can just be me in an artist’s capacity,” says Vanessa R. Williams of her new post as artist-in-residence of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) in North Brentwood, MD. As she sits before an easel painting the finishing strokes of a portrait of the late South African president Nelson Mandela, the Prince George’s County resident is in her element. “I just like making art. If someone wants to come and sit and watch, that’s great.” And watch they do – students and adults alike approach to watch and ask her questions.

Holding conversations is just what the Howard University graduate, children’s book illustrator, and former elementary school art teacher envisions for the residency. “I want it to be meaningful. I see children and students here. It is a place where I can share my love of reading aloud. It’s a welcoming place. In the same vein I was welcomed here.”

“I have two ways to speak: singing or drawing/painting.”  As a gospel singer, Williams has toured with Richard Smallwood and Vision and the Black church figures prominently in her work. Having painted for 25 years, Williams wrestled with having enough creative confidence to think her paintings worthy of display. That all changed when she came to an Art of Business event at PGAAMCC. The exhibition Catharsis: Spirit Leaves a Mark, running through the Fall at PGAAMCC, features her vibrant work in all its glory: Black women, Black church, music, and African symbols. “The opening of Catharsis was really special. Prince George’s County is home to some really great, alive, contributing people,” says Williams before she names some of the Prince George’s County residents who attended the opening, including composer and pianist Richard Smallwood, piano manufacturer Warren Shadd, music director Vince Evans, and songwriter Raymond Reeder.

Of PGAAMCC, Williams is clear – “I felt at home immediately. I am determined that people know it's here. I want it to be a place where people know doors are open to listen, create, study. It is my hope that it becomes a home for other people. I want the next artist to know if you are a resident, native of Prince George’s County, we want to see you or hear from you.”

 

Catharsis: Spirit Leaves a Mark on view through Fall 2019 at PGAAMCC.