PGAAMCC on NBC4: The Importance of Black Art

NBC News4's Molette Green spoke with local artists from our current exhibition, Preston Sampson,  Chanel Compton, PGAAMCC board member  and Executive Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and Will Watson, an MFA candidate from the Maryland Institute College of Art to discuss the importance of black

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Through Their Eyes: Creative Expressions Inspired By Prince George's County CVPA Alumni

Join us for the opening of our new exhibition:" Through Their Eyes-Art, Education, and Influence-Creative Expressions Inspired by Prince George's County CVPA Alumni." Curated by Pamela Harris Lawton, EdDCTA, MFA,

Through Their Eyes – Art, Education, and Influence: Creative Expressions Inspired by Prince George’s County CVPA Alumni” showcases the work of select alumni of the Visual Arts Programs at Suitland High School and Northwestern High School. Featuring art works and other narrative expressions inspired by curricula, teachers, pedagogical approaches, peer interactions, overall CVPA program experiences, and the schools themselves, “Through Their Eyes” celebrates the achievements of our County’s brightest artistic talents while also advocating for arts education as an integral part of the learning process.

Upcoming events related to this exciting exhibit (Click on each link below for additional info):

 

 

 

 


Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Fall 2016 Exhibit: Through Their Eyes- Art, Education, and Influence: Creative Expressions Inspired by Prince George’s County CVPA Alumni”

Duration: October 12- Friday January 20

Submission Deadline: August 31

 

PROPOSALS

 “Through Their Eyes- Art, Education, and Influence: Creative Expressions Inspired by Prince George’s County CVPA Alumni” showcases the work of select alumni of the visual arts programs at Suitland High School and Northwestern High School. We are seeking art works and other narrative expressions inspired by curricula, teachers, pedagogical approaches, peer interactions, overall CVPA program experiences, and the schools themselves.

 

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to:

  • All artists who are aged 18 years or older.
  • Of African origin/descent
  • Attended or graduated from the Center for Visual & Performing Arts at either Suitland High School or Northwestern High School

Alumni Call for Artists Invite

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Laura Perez, Director of Education and Programs at

301-809-0440 ext 110

lperez@pgaamcc.org


Exploring Black Innovation Exhibit Reception Opening

On June 2, 2016, PGAAMCC held an opening reception for the newest exhibit, 'Exploring Black Innovation: A Collection of Works By Culture Keepers Students from Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. and Northwestern High Schools'. This exhibition honors the contributions of Black innovators who have shaped and impacted our world. Kudos to Laura Perez (Director of Education and Programs), the amazing students of the Culture Keepers Program and our very talented team of teaching artists for producing a breathtaking mural, a stunning exhibit and a successful program.


A New Beginning at the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center

Chanel Compton appointed PGAAMCC’s new Executive Director

chanel's photoThe Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) appointed a new Executive Director, Chanel Compton.  As a long-time friend and dedicated colleague of PGAAMCC Ms. Compton returns to us from the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, where she was Education Director,  which involved directing instructors and staff to implement city-wide arts programs.  “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect candidate!  Not only does she have a Masters in Arts Management from American University with extensive academic training in non-profit management, but she has a true talent for fostering strong community partnerships and support.  We have full confidence that Ms. Compton will lead this institution to new heights, bringing in new and diverse audiences in celebration of Prince George’s African American history, art, and culture” states PGAAMCC Board President, William Q. O. Shelton, Sr.  She previously served as PGAAMCC’s Education Director.   In her past work with PGAAMCC, Ms. Compton developed several signature school-based programs that received local and international acclaim; including Culture Keepers, Early Keepers, and Museum-In-A-Box.  Addressing the need for culturally relevant experiences in schools and communities, these programs garnered a 2-year partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools, annually serving more than 2,000 students and over 40 schools throughout the County. 

Ms. Compton grew up in Bridgeport, CT, and has had a love for museums and the arts since childhood, stating, In high school, my art teacher would take the class on field trips to museums and galleries; these trips were really special to me because there were absolutely no art museums or galleries near my neighborhood.  During a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was introduced to the work of Leonardo Drew, a renowned African American artist who actually graduated from my high school.  I was very proud that an artist from my local community was featured at such a prestigious museum; showcasing artwork that enhanced me and my classmates’ knowledge of Black history.  For me, that experience illustrates that a museum can be a powerful place of learning and inspiration.   Institutions such as museums can be places that inspire a new generation of leaders and innovators; a place of unity and connection, a place of learning, and a place of individual and collective transformation.”

The Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center’s mission is to celebrate and inspire the community through the cultivation, preservation, and presentation of the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Ms. Compton believes, “We encourage our audiences to delve deeper into how they approach the Black experience, especially on a local level.”  Through exhibitions and programs, PGAAMCC shares the County’s untold stories of African Americans—starting with legacies that began with ancestors from the continent of Africa; from pre-enslavement to enslavement to emancipation; the formation of Black townships and communities; and the great thinkers of today that continue to pave the way in the arts, human rights, and innovation.  To learn more about our programs, visit www.pgaamcc.org.  Stop by to enjoy our Culture Keepers, Youth Exhibition celebrating Black Innovation, on June 2, 7pm-9pm.  4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD  20722


NOW Photography Contest Winners

PGAAMCC is excited to announce our Now Photography Contest Winners. Congratulations to the winning entrants, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Best in Show Winners

First Place: Day of Service by Edgar Alvarado

Second Place: Lifting Barriers by Chuckwunoso Dureke

Third Place: Eagle Harbor by Cipriana Thompson

 

Category Winners

PeopleCategory Winner:
Title: Day of Service

Entrant: Edgar Alvarado

 

Honorable Mentions:

Title: Finding The Light

Entrant: Chuckwunoso Dureke

 

Title: Honor, Courage, and the Sacrifice

Entrant: Michael Yourishin

 

Title: 100 Yard Dash

Entrant: Milton Williams

 

Landscapes/The Natural World

 Category Winner:

Title: Eagle Harbor

Entrant: Cipriana Thompson

Honorable Mention:

Title: Piscataway Sundown 1

Entrant: Kevin Duncan

Culture

Category Winner:

Title: Lifting Barriers

Entrant: Chuckwunoso Dureke

Honorable Mentions:

Title: The American Dream

Entrant: Edgar Alvarado

Title: Playing the Weight

Entrant: Michael Yourishin

Title: 94th Aero Squadron

Entrant: Kevin Duncan

You/Selfie 

Category Winner:

Title: Jumping For Joy

Entrant: Chuckwunoso Dureke

 

Altered Images

 

Category Winner:

Title: Vibrant Dreams

Entrant: Aisha Sheffield

 

 


Transforming the Image of Black Men

Nearly 70 people attended PGAAMCC's 'Artist Talk' for the current exhibition 'Transforming Anew: Perspectives on Black Men' on Saturday, March 21.

Curator Jon West-Bey moderated the lively two-hour conversation about the images of black men and how recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and Florida inspired the provocative pieces featured in the exhibition by artists Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon and David Ibata. Attendees eagerly engaged the artists with questions about interpretations of their work and how personal experiences in the United States and travels abroad may have influenced the artist's work.

See it for yourself!

'Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men' will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until April 25th, 2015.  For more information call (301) 809-0440, email programs@pgaamcc.org, or visit the Museum’s website at www.pgaamcc.org.

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.

 


'Transforming Anew on WPGC-FM's Joe Clair Morning Show'

Nehemiah Dixon and Chanel Compton, artists featured in our provocative exhibition 'Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men' were guests on the WPGC-FM Joe Clair Morning Show on March 19.

Chanel, who is also Educational Director, and Nehemiah led a spirited conversation with host and comedian Joe Clair about historical and contemporary references of black men.Transforming Anew Logo (Final)

The museum is closed this week, but please join us this Saturday, March 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as we continue this much needed conversation during our 'Artist Talk.'  This exciting panel discussion will moderated by Curator, Jon West-Bey.  This event is free to the public.

The exhibition will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until April 25th, 2015.  For more information call (301) 809-0440, email programs@pgaamcc.org, or visit the Museum’s website at www.pgaamcc.org.

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.