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


April Early Keepers Program

Join us Saturday, April 16th for Early Keepers.

Time: 12-1:30 PM

Theme: Amazing Artists of Prince George's County

Location: The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center

4519 Rhode Island Ave

North Brentwood, MD 20722

Click here for more information

Click here to register


2015 Toys for Tots Drive

The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone who donated toys for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.


Holiday Sale and Membership Offer

HOLIDAY SALE

20% OFF OF ALL MEMBERSHIPS

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIPS

20% OFF OF ALL PGAAMCC MERCHANDISE

ADDITIONAL 10% OFF FOR MEMBERS

December 1st-December 31st

Stop by to get your official PGAAMCC merchandise today!

Call 301-809-0440 for more information.


THE PG County Youth Poet Laureate Program

THE PG COUNTY YOUTH POET LAUREATE PROGRAM IS HERE!

Win a book publishing deal and represent PG County across the region!

The PGC – YPL program will bring light to our future leaders through poetry, performance, education, human relations & civic engagement across Prince George’s County.  The 12 finalists & 1 laureate will perform & be honored at the Inaugural Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate Coronation at

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

PG PUBLICK PLAYHOUSE

5445 LANDOVER ROAD

CHEVERLY, MD 20784

DOORS 6:30 PM

FREE FOR STUDENTS UNDER 18 & SENIORS WITH ID / $12 GEN ADMISSION

HOSTED BY EZ STREET OF 93.9 WKYS!!

 

 

THE PGC – YPL Program is a joint venture of Urban Word of NYC and DIALECT of PG County, along with LYRIKAL STORM, with additional collaboration by the American Poetry Museum, the PG County African American Museum and Cultural Center, ECO City Farms, and the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, with generous support from county residents like you.

 

From October 19th till November 16th, online submissions were accepted at www.dialect-usa.com from county residents ages 14-19 who are poets, rappers, youth leaders and activists interested in representing PG County abroad.  A panel of esteemed judges will select 12 finalists to be given the distinction of Youth Poet Ambassador for PG County, and one teen will be honored with the title of PG County Youth Poet Laureate.

 

Along with winning the prestigious title of Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also win a book deal from Penmanship Books to publish their first collection of poems, as well as a reading tour.  The Laureate and County Ambassadors will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their talent and energy at various events across the DC Metro area.

 

Urban Word and their partners recognize that youth voice and community engagement are vital for empowering young people to create lasting change in their immediate and global communities. Local and national partners include Youth Speaks, PG Parks and Recreation, and Penmanship Publishing.

 

For More Info contact:

Patrick Washington 301 237 6684

Neville Adams 240 426 2629

Or email blackpicasso@gmail.com


"District 3 Day" at The Museum

After grey skies and only the threat of a major thunderstorm, the last day of May turned out to be a rain free, great way to end the month.  PGAAMCC was the scene of the first ever Day Out At the Museum event. Hosted by Council Member Dannielle M. Glaros, District 3 residents came out to experience, expand, explore…in the Gateway Arts District.  This was a private event and an opportunity to connect residents and businesses to resources.

In addition to viewing the museums newest exhibit, Patented Ingenuity: The Art of African American Inventors, which runs through September 12, 2015, those in attendance shared their stories throughout the afternoon from the Lakeland Community, Lincoln community, and the community of Seabrook Acres.

The museum’s North Brentwood location is a museum for all Districts and we encourage all Council Members to host events.  Thank you Council Member Glaros for bringing District 3 stories to PGAAMCC!


Upcoming Genealogy Workshops (Hyattsville Library)

Finding Your Historical and Genealogical Roots 

The Prince George’s African-American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc., in partnership with the Prince George’s County African American Genealogical Society and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, presents Finding Your Historical and Genealogical Roots, a series of workshops focusing on the fundamentals of African-American historical and genealogical research. The sessions will provide the attendees with a step-by-step “how to” guide to in tracing African-American lineage. They will show participants how to identify sources, records, and other tools needed to organize and manage research materials. Activities will include surfing genealogical websites on the Internet, preparing for a research trip, developing a family tree, conducting oral interviews, understanding DNA testing, planning family reunions, unlocking the mysteries of genealogy for children, etc.

This series of workshops will teach participants the fundamentals of African-American historical and genealogical research. The sessions will provide the attendees with a step-by-step “how to” into tracing African-American lineage. They will show participants how to identify sources, records, and other tools needed to organize and manage research materials.

Research Depositories/Repositories

Monday, March 7, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

Greenbelt Library - 11 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

 

Genealogy Research Using Military Records

Saturday, March 12, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

Greenbelt Library - 11 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

 

City Directories

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

Largo-Kettering - 9601 Capital Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

 

Online Sources used for Genealogical Research

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

Hyattsville Library - 6530 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20784

 

Genealogy Research Using Military Records

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

Largo-Kettering - 9601 Capital Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

 

Online Sources used for Genealogical Research

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

South Bowie Library - 15301 Hall Road Bowie, MD 20721

 

Slave Records

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

Hyattsville Library - 6530 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20784

 

Slave Records

Saturday, May 14, 2016

2- 3:30 PM

South Bowie Library - 15301 Hall Road Bowie, MD 20721

 

Online Sources used for Genealogical Research

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

Largo-Kettering - 9601 Capital Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

 

 

DNA in Genealogical Research

Saturday, June 4, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

Hyattsville Library - 6530 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20784

 

 

DNA in Genealogical Research

Saturday, June 11, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

South Bowie Library - 15301 Hall Road Bowie, MD 20721

 

Slave Records

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

7- 8:30 PM

Largo-Kettering - 9601 Capital Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

 

DNA in Genealogical Research

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

7 - 8:30 PM

Largo-Kettering - 9601 Capital Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774