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.


Artist Spotlight: A Legacy of Service Rush Baker Exemplifies a New Generation of Artists in Prince George’s County

North Brentwood, MD (December 27, 2016) – Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center’s most recent exhibition, Through Their Eyes – Art, Education, and Influence, features works by some of today’s most prominent visual artists, all of whom honed their skills in the Prince George’s County CVPA (Center for Visual and Performing Arts) Programs at Suitland and Northwestern High Schools. Rush Baker IV, one of the exhibition’s featured artists, is a testament to the impact of arts education in the County. As a native Prince Georgian and the son of the current County Executive, Baker is deeply connected to Prince George's past as well as its future. From his contributions as a renowned visual artist to his work as Assistant Director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Baker’s dedication is equal parts creativity and public service.

Baker credits his experiences as a student in Suitland High School’s CVPA Program as the catalyst for his later career. This year, Suitland CVPA marks its 30 year anniversary and has shaped careers of many of today’s known talent such as J. August Richards of ABC’s Notorious and Daniel Harder of Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Baker states “These programs – from dance and theater to TV production, graphic design, and the visual arts – attract young talent and cultivate a love and respect of our chosen professions from an early age,” Baker reflects. “I definitely came out of the program with a bit of a head start.”

Baker’s artistic reach has since expanded across the country. After earning a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale, he has gone on to be featured in exhibitions from Los Angeles to New York City. But it was Baker’s experiences in the Suitland High School CVPA program that provided him with the foundation for his future achievements. “[The CVPA] experience made us all much better artists than we were coming in,” Baker says, “and I can’t ever thank them enough for that. I attribute [the CVPA] experience to helping to get me into Cooper Union’s BFA program and later going on to Yale… The rigorous formal training I received early on gave me the tools down the road to push the boundaries of my practice.”

Now, as an artist whose work is rooted in giving back to the community, Baker has truly come full circle. In hindsight, he realizes that his CVPA teachers exemplified what it means to be an artist that not only creates, but also gives back.

“It’s worth mentioning that all of my teachers [had] art practices of their own, and teaching us was truly a labor of love,” Baker says. “It was not something they had to do, and we can all agree that there are easier professions… Looking back, their commitment to us and to public service inspires me to this day.” Led by the example set by his CVPA teachers and his family’s legacy of service to the County, Rush Baker IV exemplifies a new generation of Prince George’s artists in service. To promote and connect Prince George’s artist community, particularly artist alumni from Prince George’s CVPA programs, PGAAMCC will host an artist and creative community networking event: New Year, First Friday – CVPA Edition; Friday January 6th, 2017, 6pm – 9pm.

Through Their Eyes – Art, Education, and Influence: Creative Expressions Inspired by Prince George’s County CVPA Alumni will be on display at PGAAMCC through January 21st, 2016. Join us for our final Through Their Eyes program: New Year, First Friday – CVPA Edition; Friday January 6th, 2017, 6pm – 9pm

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.


Dedication Ceremony Watch Party

Join us September 24th at 10 am as we celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture!

 

NMAAHC Dedication Ceremony will be streamed live
Complimentary brunch and mimosas
Free entry; suggested donation: $5
All ages admitted; must be 21+ to drink

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

4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD 20722

Click here for more information


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.


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


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