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.


HEALING | MINDFULNESS | JOY | JUSTICE

 

Through song and storytelling Dr. Michelle Chatman takes us on an ancestral journey and shares her practices in mindfulness. DC born and Prince George’s County resident, Chatman has ventured to Gambia, West Africa where her contemplative work has inspired practice of present-moment, non-judgmental awareness, and promotion of overall well-being. African descendants have long held mindful cultural practices to sustain us through challenges and triumph. She brings to light the daily practices and routines that could enhance the way we interact and excel in every-day life. Her song and stories captivate the spirit of West Africa and a transformative journey in mindfulness.

Click here to watch Chatman’s performance.

“I visited The Gambia, West Africa, for the first time in my mid-twenties while in college. I had only been on a plane once and had never traveled outside of the US. A self-proclaimed Pan Africanist, I couldn’t wait to go back to “The Motherland” and reclaim my ancestral heritage while working with youth and schools throughout the country. The six-week trip was deeply transformative. I was able to witness the majestic beauty along with the painful inequity of that country. I still speak of the experience as if it were yesterday. I began to learn how to really listen, still myself, and embrace the living all around me. I’ve been back to The Gambia several times since that initial visit and in other ways, have deepened my connection to the Motherland. At 30 years old, I was initiated into a West African priesthood whose teachings are a major part of my life. In this presentation, I will share insights from my “African journeys” and how they have liberated my being and brought me home.”

 

This Easter Sunday 2-5pm Scholar, Anthropologist, Researcher, and Professor, Michelle Chatman Ph.D. will explore Black Mindfulness: Cultural Practices for Healing, Joy, and Justice. In this experiential lecture, Dr. Michelle Chatman will share stories, songs, and the science of mindfulness; inviting us to return to the wisdom long held by our elders and ancestors.

 

Come break bread with us. Buy one ticket and bring a friend for FREE!


Holiday Party Celebrates Black History

The Prince George's Sentinel highlights the importance of PGAAMCC community impact at the annual 2018 Holiday Party. Featuring some very talented artists including poetry performances by Patrick Washington, Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate Michaela Lacy, vocalist Tamara Jade, and special guest author Theresa Gibson. The story includes quotes from our new Executive Director Mrs. Monica O. Montgomery, who shared the Creative Expansion Plan for 2019. Read full article here.


Continue to Share Our Stories: Support Us Today

We see you and want to thank you for your continued support and active participation this year. This year has been full of exciting programs and exhibitions that we hope you have enjoyed. As we prepare ourselves for the new year we want to make sure we can count on your participation and support for another year. We are asking our members to give a little more!

How can you participate?
We want to hear from you, let us know how we can better serve you and continue growing our strong community base.

How can you support?
We have 270 members to date. If each member gave a donation of $50 we would be able to reach our goal this year.

There are only 2 months left to reach our goal! I hope you will make a gift to PGAAMCC today to help us educate our community about the rich history and culture in Prince George’s County.

Your support will allow us to continue offering free education and outreach programs, including:

  • Our Cultural Education Passport Program that helps provide a fuller, more complex narrative and images about the African American experience and community for children and youth.
  • Art & History Exhibitions tell the stories of the diverse experiences of the County’s African American communities and aim to reflect the broad spectrum of social and cultural activities.
  • Special Programs bring together diverse groups of people to create new approaches to cultural understanding.
  • General Operations support our staff and administrative success.

You can make the difference for so many influential teachers, artists, and thousands of students. Please make your gift today!

Thank you,

-PGAAMCC Staff

For any questions about the Community Investment Tax Credit Program please reach out to
Zena Wubneh at zwubneh@pgaamcc.org


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

art.https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/News4-Your-Sunday-The-Importance-of-Black-Art_Washington-DC-477850103.html


Washington CityPaper: 'A Museum Goes Beyond Its Walls to Teach Prince George’s County’s Rich History'

PGAAMCC was featured in Washington CityPaper, article by Laura Irene.

Through its education efforts and programming, the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center strives to be a pillar in its community.


A Day Without a Woman

#ADayWithoutAWoman

PGAAMCC is closed today in recognition of the hard work, literal blood sweat and tears women have shed to push a new generation forward. We honor our ancestors and community leaders who have paved the way for us. #love #libation #womanhood #harriettubman #lillianbeverly #gwendolynbritt #eleanortraynham #portiapittman 

 


Upcoming Exhibition: Chocolate Cities Exhibition Series

Chocolate Cities Exhibition Series:

The History, Legacy, and Sustainability of African American Urban Enclaves

An Artistic Exploration of History and Social Justice

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to present Chocolate Cities: The History, Legacy, and Sustainability of African American Urban Enclaves. This year-long series of exhibitions and programming will examine African American self-sustained enclaves throughout the United States, focusing specifically on Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD.

The term Chocolate City has historical significance in Washington, DC. Coined in the 1970's by local radio personalities and made popular by the funk band Parliament, the term did not solely indicate the color of the population but also the vibrant communities and cultural pride among its residents. For Deejay Bobby “The Mighty Burner” Bennett, Chocolate City “was the expression of  DC's classy funk and confident Blackness;" it was about being Black, proud, and in power.  Not only were Black people the majority, but they also had strength within the city through politics, business ownership, music, and culture. Now, during a time of dramatic demographic and cultural shifts, PGAAMCC’s Chocolate Cities Exhibition Series will explore the legacy of and track the continual changes within the nation's capital and Prince George’s County.

Chocolate Cities will feature three exhibitions featuring Washington, DC and Prince George’s County based artists and youth: Chocolate Cities Group ShowSacred Cows: Works by Imar Hutchins, and Culture Keepers Presents: Chocolate Cities Youth Exhibition.  These exhibitions will run in conjunction with PGAAMCC’s two permanent exhibitions – Sharing Our Stories: Treasures from Our Collection, a display of objects from the Museum’s Collections and Footsteps from North Brentwooda photographic exhibit celebrating the history of Prince George’s first African American Incorporated Township, North Brentwood.  PGAAMCC Executive Director Chanel Compton states, “As Prince George’s County towns and municipalities evolve and diversify, it is ever more important to keep local history and culture preserved.  Prince George’s County is a model for Black mobility, and our Museum is actively preserving that history of community leadership and ingenuity for new generations of innovators.” PGAAMCC will host a monthly series of Chocolate Cities public programs at the Museum for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This exhibition program series is in partnership with Chocolate Redux, an arts and social justice non-profit located in Washington, DC.

 

Chocolate Cities Group Exhibition - February 8, 2017-September 26, 2017

Chocolate Cities Group Exhibition is a multidisciplinary art exhibition highlighting the changing cultural and economic landscape of Washington, DC and Prince George's County, MD through the eyes of local artists.  In the past decade, Washington, DC has dramatically changed due to population growth, gentrification, and government policy. It is no longer the same Chocolate City that the funk band Parliament referred to in the 1970s, but it still remains distinctively DC. The work included in this exhibition seeks to open up a discourse on gentrification, cultural sustainability, and economic growth in a way that recognizes individual experiences as well as collective memory. Through an examination of the history of Chocolate Cities, and an interrogation of current challenges such as economic segregation and gentrification as a form of cultural castration, this exhibition will open up a discourse on historical legacy as well as methods of sustainability in the face of a rapidly changing cultural and economic landscape. Chocolate Cities Group Exhibition is curated by Martina Dodd and showcases original works by featured artists:  Tim Davis, Lloyd Foster, Lionel Frazier, Sheila Crider, Michael Booker, and Larry Cook.

 

Sacred Cows - February 8, 2017-May 19, 2017

Imar Hutchins’ portraits are not only adorned in elaborate jewelry and colorful symbolism, but also cloaked in honor. Inspired by the reverence bestowed upon cows in India, Hutchins’ latest series of collage and mixed media work – Sacred Cows – offers unique commentary on the treatment of Black people in America. Through the blending of species, cultures, and belief systems, the artist calls attention to the parallels and paradoxes of sacred cattle and exploited chattel. Sacred Cows is curated by Martina Dodd.

 

Culture Keepers: Chocolate Cities Youth Exhibition - June 2, 2017-September 26, 2017

The Chocolate Cities theme takes lead in the Museum’s teen after-school program, Culture Keepers. Students in the program are currently researching historically African American counties, neighborhoods, and cities - locally and nationally. Under the guidance of PGAAMCC’s Scholar-in-Residence and Teaching Artists, Culture Keepers students will create artwork based on their findings, which will to be featured as an exhibition at the Museum in June.  PGAAMCC Education Coordinator Dr. Synatra Smith states, “Our Students, who come from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds, are very excited about the Chocolate Cities theme this year; they get to learn about Black history and culture through a contemporary and creative lens. For example, we just led a presentation about the Netflix show Luke Cage and explored the significance of an African American bulletproof superhero charged to protect a historically African American community: Harlem.  They loved the presentation and post-discussion because it incorporated their pop cultural interests into engaging scholarly discourse.” In partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Culture Keepers after-school program takes place weekly at three school sites: Suitland, Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr., and Northwestern high schools.

 

Chocolate Cities Exhibition Series Public Programs:

Opening Reception

Friday, February 10th, 2017

6:30-9pm

 

Well Rooted:  Black Townships in Prince George’s County

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2-4pm

 

Black Wall Street: Pathways to Community Wealth

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2-4:30p

 

Chocolate Cities Artist Talk

Thursday, March 16, 2017

6-8pm

 

Designed for Decay:  Unpacking Environmental Racism

Thursday, April 6, 2017

6-8pm

 

First Fridays with Chocolate Redux

Friday, May 5, 2017

7-9pm

 

Family Day: A Taste of Chocolate City

Saturday, July 1, 2017

2-6pm

 

Culture Keepers Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 1, 2017

6pm-9pm