Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Celebration of Service

Join Us in the celebration of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. !

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In Residence

PGAAMCC is honored to introduce our

In Residence fellows!

 

khadijah in colombiaKhadijah Z. Ali-Coleman,
Scholar in Residence

Khadijah Z. Ali-Colemanis a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education/Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University.

She received her MA in Mass Communication/Media Studies at Towson University and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) with a minor in Writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research focuses on dual-enrollment and early access with her dissertation focusing on homeschooling and community college preparedness. She has also engaged in research and practitioner work focused on arts-integration and high impact learning practices. She is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar and serves as a Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center teaching artist.  She also teaches courses in Communication Studies and Fine and Performing Arts at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Montgomery College. She is founding director of the multi-disciplinary arts companyLiberated Muse Arts Groupwhich she has led since 2008.

In 2016, she was awarded a Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant used to create the Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference which led to her founding the organizationStudent Media Online.

In addition to her work as an educator and journalist, Khadijah is a producing playwright and performance artist. As a performance artist, she served as a poetry host at the flagship Busboys & Poets location in Washington, DC from  2015-2018 and curated multiple performance programs throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore area.  She is a recipient of a 2015 Maryland Arts State Arts Council Individual Artist award and is a 2012 Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty Under 40 awardee in the Arts & Humanities. She was selected as an inaugural Quadrant Playwright by Theater Alliance in 2019. She coaches other creatives, helping them birth their creativity, through her brand The Creative Midwife.

Khadijah is excited to have an arts and culture home at PGAAMCC. She looks forward to have a place where her expertise in interdisciplinary studies can be shared through art exhibits, community programs, and multi-disciplinary presentations. Already loving her work as a teaching artist, Khadijah looks forward to broadening her role with the museum community.

Contact Khadijah: ambassador@pgaamcc.org

 

Jessica Hebron,
Education Fellow In Residence

Jessica “Culture Queen” Hebron, a proud native of Prince George’s County, MD, is an award-winning educator, author, entertainer and consultant who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education and African-American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the newly appointed Education Fellow-In-Residence at the Prince George’s African-American Museum where she has also served as the museum’s first early childhood and elementary curriculum writer, trainer and program facilitator teaching African-American history through arts integration to over 10,000 students throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools since 2011. For ten years Jessica most affectionately known by her stage name “Culture Queen” has owned and operated her own company Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC, where she has performed and produced innovative children’s performances, festivals, workshops, and professional development programs for diverse audiences from primary school to Yale University, The Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the National Children’s Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, the Black History Museum of Virginia and of the Prince George’s African American Museum; and non-profit organizations like The National Park Service, Prince George’s Parks and Recreation,The Campagna Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Girls For A Change. In addition to her extensive work with theaters, museums, schools and nonprofits, she’s also the Children’s Program Coordinator and Children’s Cultural Literacy Ambassador-In-Residence for six Busboys and Poets restaurants across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Jessica was a featured speaker at TEDxRVA; and a lead screenwriter on TED-ED ’s animated educational film on Malian King Mansa Musa which to date has received over 4 million views. She released her first children’s music album ‘I Like the Me I See!’ in 2016; and her first picture book with the same title in 2019. She can also be seen starring in a Youtube series entitled “Black History Live with Culture Queen” which brings to life the biographies of inspiring African queens through music and poetry.

Jessica has been recognized with the “40 Under Forty” Award for Education by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, “Alumnus of the Year" Award by the Prince George's County Public Schools' Board of Education; and is the proud recipient of the Africa Access Award for Excellence In Children’s Programming, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Community Leadership Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “Women’s History In the Making” Award.

Culture Queen’s work is featured on numerous media outlets including the nationally syndicated show “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, The Laura Coates Show on Sirius XM, Fox 5, NBC, ABC’s “Good Morning Washington”, Youtube, 93.9 WKYS, The Washington Post, Billboard Magazine, Baltimore’s Child, Richmond Family Magazine and Red Tricycle. To learn more about her work, follow her on social media @ImCultureQueen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Contact Jessica: education@pgaamcc.org

 

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MissChelle Renee,
Performing Artist In Residence 

Maryland-based singer-songwriter MissChelle Renée has an extraordinary way of illuminating her audience with “love, light, and life.” At a young age she knew music was her fate, when at her grandmother’s church she realized that out of all the instruments she saw and heard, the voice was the only one in the body; the only one that was free. Those early passions for singing and writing grew into an eclectic musical background in Opera, Jazz, R&B/Soul and “The Church.” MissChelle Renée invites you into a fusion of her classically trained, soul-music brained experience. Merging the spirit with substance is what she aspires to do in similar paths of those she is influenced by most like Kierra Sheard, Jhene Aiko and SZA. Though still emerging, she started off strong with her debut performance at World Café Live, in Philadelphia, and since then she has graced the stage at signature DMV music venues like Busboys & Poets, Smith Public Trust & Velvet Lounge. Her love of art & aesthetics also come into play as she curated sets & shows at galleries and pop-up shops. After a successful release of her debut single "CROWNS," and EP, “MastHERpiece,“ she recently released a music video and two new singles “Down” and “Cycles.” MissChelle Renée is working on new music to be released next month, and you can expect to see her in more live performances and curated shows this year. 

Three words come to mind when I envision my service to the upcoming program year: Intersection, Innovation, and Introspection. The aim of my artistic offering is to bridge the gap for individuals of varying interests and backgrounds, provide them a space to retreat and create new realties from the status quo, and to give them a space to reflect on love, light, and life while setting new intentions as we journey through the New Year. I am extremely humbled to join the PGAAMCC as its new Performing Artist-In-Residence. I have lovingly called Prince George’s County “home” for 27 years, and this new opportunity is truly a revolving gift. As a PG county native, I am well-versed as a resident, yet still emerging as an artist from this community. I joined PGAAMCC first as a volunteer, and couldn’t stay away, so I had to find a way to become more involved in order to still serve the space but also involve my artistic passions. This exposure lends me a space to grow and exercise my creative aspirations while giving my community a regular space to enjoy the performing arts through varying musical disciplines. I’ve performed places such as World Café Live, in Philadelphia, and signature DMV music venues like Busboys & Poets, Smith Public Trust & Velvet Lounge, but no place has brought such a multi-dimensional experience as this museum, and I can’t wait to be a part.

PGAAMCC is steadfast in its mission as a “home for Black Excellence,” and one of my favorite traits of this “home” is that it shapeshifts to fully support the needs of its patrons and the diverse programming hosted each season. The vast nature of Blackness runs deep and wide, and I admire PGAAMCC’s ability to emulate that through continuous aesthetic changes and unique event choices. I am grateful to share this similar quality of being adaptable and multi-faceted, as a performing artist. I sing opera, jazz, pop, R&B (to name a few) with capabilities to sing in 4 foreign languages. My talents have taken me throughout the DMV, and the United States, but also abroad to places like Hawaii, and Italy. I feel great pride in knowing that as I serve you and the PGAAMCC I will be able to share my diverse experiences with you.

As a “CreatHER” (a woman that creates, innovates, curates, and radiates artistic vision) I will assist the museum to enhance the already rich programming with musical collaborations like jam sessions, spiritual encounters infused with music, and monthly-themed repertoire surrounding topics like: black love, sisterhood, new year/new beginnings, the black family, spring and summertime. I’m looking forward to giving my gifts to this institution, and to you. I look forward to meeting you, and hope you enjoy my events.

Cheers,

MissChelle Renee

Screen Shot 2019-12-18 at 1.39.07 PMVanessa Williams,
Artist In Residence 

“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.”

 

 


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.

DMV Santa services will include, personal interaction with guests, attendees and staff members, including reading Christmas stories, Kwanzaa recognition, sing-a-long activities, photo sessions, meet and greet and participation in some museum related activities.

Support Small Businesses! 

Shop small + local by coming to our Vendor Village! Every Saturday!

**CALLING ALL VENDORS!!** We would to extend an invitation for artist, artisans, food trucks, etc to participate in our Winter Motherland activities. Click on the flyer to apply.

Explore the Region’s Premier Winter Festival

By Khadija Pounsel

Winter Motherland, a seasonal festival celebration will feature art, music, food and holiday shopping. The festival will take place at Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) in North Brentwood, Maryland. PGAAMCC is a part of the Gateway Arts District, located less than four miles from Washington, DC; and convenient to get to for Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia residents. An arts and history based museum experience that seamlessly combines local history, arts, education, and social justice; PGAAMCC is excited to curate a season-long holiday experience that is festive, fun, affordable, and convenient.

To jumpstart the Winter Motherland festival celebration, PGAAMCC will host Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars on Friday, November 15th at 5pm. Live performances, vendors, music and food will contribute to a jubilant spirit of shopping, celebration, and diaspora vibes in the outdoor pavilion. It will also occur Friday, November 29th and December 13th.

Winter Motherland will feature a full slate of events, exhibitions, and programs. Visitors can partake Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning November 16th. Those interested in learning about the legacy of black holiday traditions like Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Junkanoo will enjoy Scholar Talk Tuesdays. Visitors seeking a DIY creative outlet to root out holiday stress and tap back into joy will find Art Therapy Wednesdays right on time. For those who love watching a movie with family and friends, Holiday Movie Thursdays will feature holiday movie favorites. Those looking to connect with loved ones and meet other families will appreciate Family Fridays. Those who want to pick up holiday gifts and support local artisans and entrepreneurs will enjoy shopping at Vendor Village and photos with Black Santa on Saturdays.

In addition to the daily slate of events, PGAAMCC is proud to announce its new winter exhibition: Uhuru Quilters Guild @25. The exhibition features the work of the renowned local black quilting guild. The work of Uhuru Quilters Guild is rich with artisanship, history, and tradition. The exhibition opening reception will occur November 16th at 1pm. The related public programs include a Quilt + Crafts Arts Panel Talk on November 21st at 5pm as well as a Quilt + Learn Family Day on December 14th at 12 pm. Educators who want their students to witness the Uhuru exhibition, learn about local history as well as the importance of museums and the arts are invited to schedule a field trip for a guided museum tour.

Ever proud to serve as an available space for the community, PGAAMCC is available for holiday party space rentals. The 3-gallery museum is a venue for company events, organizational meetings, social gatherings and more this holiday season.

Winter Motherland Festival begins November 15th

Visit pgaamcc.org/wintermotherland


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! Email: ssmith@pgaamcc.org


 


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.


PGAAMCC Welcomes New Cultural Ambassador Vance “Head-Roc” Levy

PGAAMCC Welcomes New Cultural Ambassador Vance “Head-Roc” Levy

Article by Khadija Pounsel

“Our lives have value,” says Vance “Head-Roc” Levy on a hot and humid August day in North Brentwood, MD. The genre-crossing 20-year music veteran with his entrepreneurial approach (he executive produced all 6 of his solo albums) who continues to work with his critically acclaimed award-winning funk/rock/soul band GODISHEUS (gotta-see-us) has stepped into a new role −  Cultural Ambassador for Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) in North Brentwood, MD.

Head-Roc speaks warmly of his ties to Prince George’s County: his family was a part of the exodus of African Americans who moved from Washington, DC to Prince George’s County in the early 1980s; he attended Prince George’s County schools, and has lived in Hillcrest Heights, Marlow Heights and Temple Hills. “I began to understand and connect the national significance of local Black history, anchored on our educational development, with much happening along the Route 1 Corridor. Included in that education is learning that PGAAMCC’s existence was championed by the late Honorable Gwendolyn Britt,” the mother of his fellow Infinite Loop member John Britt.

Inspired by the work of the late senator, “The Route 1 Corridor is where I’ve been led to be active in my arts and social engagement pursuits. I have been meditating on a way to become more involved along the Gateway Arts District,” says the Crossland High School graduate. “I even share the same barber with some proud and involved citizens of North Brentwood – often engaging them in discussions on how to create/attract more attention to the cultural corridor and business that will benefit the community.”

As PGAAMCC kicks off a 10th anniversary campaign, Vance is joining the momentum to launch a new cultural offering - Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars. The endeavor he is spearheading 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 (3rd Fridays throughout the fall 2019). The event name nods to Route 1 as a historic North/South route pathway and to the railroad that runs just behind the museum. Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars 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. Most importantly the event will feature a ‘community spotlight’, with neighborhood living legends and local icons, nominated by their community, being honored for their contributions. “I am optimistic and dedicated to the work necessary that will attract an increased and sustained interest in the cultural and artistic excellence of Black Americans with roots and of contribution to Prince George’s County, Maryland.”

 

For more information on upcoming PGAAMCC 10th anniversary

www.pgaamcc.org/10th

 


Juneteenth More than A Month Festival! Thank you for supporting PGAAMCC!

Over the course of our 4 day innaugural #MoreThanAMonth Juneteenth festival, approximately 1000 people joined in the festivities as our grassroots outreach grows and cultural programming expands. Thank you for choosing to celebrate Juneteenth with PGAAMCC. In the footsteps of our great heroes that paved the way we honored their legacy and dedication to uplifting our Black communities. We sang, we danced, we cried, we uplifted and we shared. We are 'A Home for Black Excellence'. Our More Than a Month Festival highlighted the brilliance, talent and creativity of our African American community in Prince George's County and the DMV. Special thanks to our program partners; Jess Be Creative, Creators Coallition, Onustees, participating artists, and our vendors. See more pictures here.

UStreet to the Cotton Club x Black Culture Panel Discussion

We brought the U Street to the Cotton Cub to Prince George’s County. Local talents, Krislynn Perry, Nigel Rowe and Reenie Codelka on piano played hit tunes, such as: Minnie The Moocher, I've Got The World on A String, Stormy Weather, Ain't Misbehavin' & More!

We also enjoyed a panel discussion on the importance of Black holidays and Black traditions, Black education and its connection to our tradition, history, and liberation, educational equity in schools. The ‘For the Culture’ conversation moderated by Tamara Jade with Andre Taylor, Elena Branker, Jahari Shelton, Marcus Cook, Jessica Randolph, Billy Sanders & Tony Keith.

The Observable Universe

Our Observable Universe panel discussion, moderated by Sinatra Smith, was an intimate conversation about time travel, returning to the motherland and Black music as a connective force across time and space. In this disucssion we collectively illustrated an alternate universe, how we would function, what parts of our culture we would bring, which parts would be left out, and why.

We also enjoyed the DMV Youth Art Pop Up gallery 'Voices' with EYL 365 Project teaching artists, students and collaborative projects. ‘Voices’ displayed work from “Enjoy Your Life” (EYL) 365, a grass-roots art project whose mission is to engage youth by exploring the creative process as they grow to understand society, their roles within it, and their capacity to change society through civic youth engagement, advocacy and arts initiatives. The artwork centered on mental health, community, social, and economic empowerment and self reflection.

Summer Solstice Fashion Show

Thursday was a day of Black beauty, creativity and expression.  Our fashion show featured artist Quest Skinner who brought vibrant, colorful, decadent, and transformative designs to PGAMCC. Her style is “influenced by seeing ourselves as a full spectrum of colors, shapes, and spirits. The clothing collection is West African, Apache, and modern infused fabrics with lines that flatter all shapes and sizes”.

We were so happy to have dancers in our space. We enjoyed a performance by Alexis Miller with dancers Faith Kelly, Jasmine Ventura, and Marya Wallace from Dance Institute of Washington. They performed to a song remixed to Maya Angelou’s Ain’t I A Woman that empowered our audience’s.

Block Party

Photos by: Rodney Norman of @laphoric

Our culminating event was our Block Party. Program partners Onustees, Jess Be Creative and Creators Coalition brought dynamic performances and panelists to our space. We had workshops and incredible vendors. PGAAMCC was buzzing with activity. Inside our gallery we had a pop-up exhibition by EYL 365 and our Community Treasure Chest. Community Treasure Chest will continue all summer, register HERE. Outside we had fun for all ages with a Dino sprinkler, jump ropes, double dutch, sidewalk chalk, bouncing balls, face painting and the I'm Bookd Box mobile book store. We were so honored to close out the day with a special performance by Mosaic Theater Singers hailing from Detroit Michigan. They graced our space with vibrant songs of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, gospel, African hymns and hit music from every genre influenced by the African Diaspora. Black History and culture never looked so good at PGAAMCC.

Thank you so much for being a supporter. We are excited to bring more dynamic programming to Prince George's County, illuminate, inspire and empower audiences. Stay tuned for more!

We want to hear your ideas as we work to constantly shape the museum to meet your needs and interests. We are 'A Home for Black Excellence' and your feedback is welcomed. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes.

Click here to take the survey!

 


Do More 24! May 22-23rd 24-Hour Fundraiser for Community Treasure Chest Initiative

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Do More 24 Fundraiser for ‘Community Treasure Chest Oral Histories Initiative’

North Brentwood, MD (May 22, 2019) -  Wednesday, May 22-23rd Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is asking for your generous support. Do More 24 is the DMV's largest annual 24-hour online fundraiser to donate to charities and contribute to communities. Our goal is to raise $4519 by May 24th and we need your help! Make a donation to PGAAMCC today to help us continue preserving the rich history and culture in Prince George's County through our Community Treasure Chest Oral Histories Initiative.

 

We are launching Community Treasure Chest initiative to highlight the rich undiscovered history in our backyards. In an effort to use our momentum to support our mission, this initiative will allow residents to explore their own shared histories and increase the Museum’s community engagement. Community Treasure Chest creates an opportunity for senior citizens to honor their family heirlooms and share the accompanying oral histories. PGAAMCC will host these Antique Roadshow styled events at malls, senior centers, and other community spaces so that residents can bring their personal objects to be recorded and preserved, and possibly archived. Participant will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s archives and artifacts.

 

It is our mission to preserve the local histories of the families that have lived and contributed to the Prince George’s County community. The oral histories are an opportunity to document individual and collective histories and inspire innovative ways to highlight and honor the joy, resilience, and triumph of African Americans in Prince George’s County. This initiative is the first step in digitizing and expanding our permanent archival collection.

 

Through the Do More 24 Campaign we are asking supporters to donate to our mission, our work and our commitment to the African American community in Prince George’s County.

 

We want to hear YOUR stories and uncover hidden histories. How did your family come to settle here? What treasures did they leave? Share them with us!

Community Treasure Chest will occur in the following towns throughout the County: North Brentwood, Glenarden, Beltsville, Landover, Fairmount Heights, Greenbelt, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Suitland, Accokeek, Oxon Hill, Brandywine, Aquasco, and Eagle Harbor.

 

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is a rich and celebrated treasure of the Gateway Arts District and model for cultural origination, brining attention, prestige, and business development to the local North Brentwood, Prince George’s County Community. Through public events and exhibitions PGAAMCC explores the Black experience within a variety of contexts – history, arts and culture, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, faith, folk tradition and customs. We appreciate your support during this pivotal point of the Museum’s success.

 

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approach to the documentation, interpretation, preservation, and presentation of local and regional African American history, art, and culture. PGAAMCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.  Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call (301) 809-0440, email programs@pgaamcc.org, or visit the Museum’s website at www.pgaamcc.org.

 

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PG Power Moves! Press Release

PG Power Moves!

Event Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 / 5:30-8:30-pm
Location: 4519 Rhode Island Ave. North Brentwood, MD 20722
Website: pgaamcc.org/supportus

On March 22, 2019, PGAAMCC launched its first PG Power Moves! Program, honoring Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye of Jesus House DC. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Pastor Omo was the recipient of a PG Power Mover Award, for her dedication to serving women as the founder of Jesus House Women’s Ministries of Jesus House DC. Pastor Omo’s ministry addresses pertinent issues of womanhood from birth to old age and their outreach provides services and resources for over 5,000 women locally. Pastor Omo was given a certificate, an original piece of art by Quest Skinner, and a space grant to host a community event for her ministry. A local DJ provided entertainment for the evening and PGAAMCC’s galleries were filled with over 55 guests from the Jesus House DC congregation and neighboring communities. For many, it was their first time entering our space. The PGAAMCC staff were welcoming and visitors meandered through the space observing the contemporary art and historical archives. Pastor Omo arrived to music, a red carpet, and a cameraman. The staff made collages of Pastor Omo, her family, and the congregation, with the goal of ensuring she felt honored and the members of her ministry welcomed her with dance.

All enjoyed the space, and took time indulging the artwork talking, and communing with one another. In addition to the two art exhibitions: Protest Garden and Soul Illuminance: A Retrospective of Quest Skinner, the night highlighted artist Kayode Malomo. Over a dozen of his pieces were on display, decorating the main convening gallery. art appreciation and art patronage is part of the unique value proposition of PG Power Moves and all are encourage to buy, behold and celebrate the featured artist works on display in our silent auction.

After Executive Director, Monica O. Montgomery offered a warm welcome, Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye gave a keynote speech describing her dedication to women and the extensive ways she serves and centers women in the local community. The environment was electric. Volunteers connected with guests at the membership table and guests stopped to pick up fliers and hear more about our upcoming programming. This event was a beautiful way to honor Pastor Omo and welcome the congregation of Jesus House DC to PGAAMCC. Thanks to all who came to support and honor Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye’s community impact.