Scholar In Residence

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We invite you to bring your “ordinary miracles,” like photos, instruments, dolls, and art to learn how to create a Pop Up Museum in your home, at your community center, library, church, or any other space.

In addition to the Pop Up Museum, we’ll have creative artmaking for all ages. Forget to bring an object? No worries! Your creation will be your exhibit item. Not an artist? Not a problem! Our Teaching Artists are professional arts educators who can work with all skill levels.

PGAAMCC closes out the Uhuru Quilters Guild exhibit with a free tour and talk. Don't miss your chance to see this beautiful exhibit featuring the work of  African- American fiber artists based in Maryland.

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PGAAMCC is honored to welcome our 2020 resident fellows. Meet our Scholar-in-Residence, Khadijah Ali-Coleman during our monthly Sunday Scholar Salon with Khadijah. This month, make story quilt patches with Khadijah in honor of the late Toni Morrison and hear how Khadijah's upcoming exhibit with the museum connects with Toni Morrison's work. Free to attend. RSVP at ambassador@pgaamcc.org to let us know you are coming.

About our Scholar in Residence:

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is 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 company Liberated Muse Arts Group which 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 organization Student 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.

 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Celebration of Service

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

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Flying Towards Freedom

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Flying towards Freedom: Migration Stories of Maryland Families

 

The late Toni Morrison’s 1977 book Song of Solomon was a fictional tale about Macon “Milkman” Dead, an African American young man living a life of fruitless meandering until he begins the search to learn more about his family’s history. In the book, Morrison’s characters discuss political ideology reminiscent of the views of prominent Black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She also uses the metaphor of flying when describing the act of trying to and finally finding oneself through one’s own family history. Inspired by this award-winning novel and the legacy of Toni Morrison who recently passed away in August 2019, curator Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman develops an exhibit that uses Morrison’s flying metaphor to present select migration stories of five Maryland families.

The exhibit Flying towards Freedom: Migration Stories of Maryland Families focuses on the migration stories of five families who have moved from one part of the country to Prince George’s County, MD as their final destination or a milestone moment within their family’s migration history. From the uncovering of African American heritage by a white-identifying long-time county resident to the collage of memories chronicling a Prince George’s county resident’s family roots from the Gullah Islands to Temple Hills, Md, this exhibit presents scrapbook-styled imagery of a people’s history told from their own perspective.

 

About the curator:

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a storyteller—a producing playwright, performance artist and homeschooling parent. She teaches Communication Studies and Intro to Fine and Performing Arts at the Community College of Baltimore County and is founding director of Liberated Muse Arts Group. A 2015 recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, she is a 2019 Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright. Khadijah is a long-time resident of Prince George’s County and a doctoral candidate within the Advanced Leadership and Policy Studies department at Morgan State University. She holds an MA in Mass Communication from Towson University and BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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


 


Culture Queen in Kwanzaa Land: A Decade of Celebration

Calling all royalty to join us in Kwanzaa Land! PGAAMCC will have new exciting exhibition with Culture Queen.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culture-queen-in-kwanzaa-land-a-decade-of-celebration-tickets-77155719835


Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars

Chocolate City Rocks’ presents

 “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars” @PGAAMCC !

North Brentwood, MD – Chocolate City Rocks and Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) have teamed up to produce the DMV’s 1st ever “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars”.

Chocolate City Rocks and Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) have teamed up to produce the DMV’s 1st ever “Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars”.

The "Underground Railroad Under the Stars" opening date is Friday, November 15, 2019, and will be held in PGAAMCC's outdoor pavilion from 5pm - 10pm.

PGAAMCC's address is 4519 Rhode Island Avenue in historic North Brentwood, MD - the 1st incorporated African American township in Prince George's County, MD.

The "Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars" 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.

"Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars" is 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.

The "Underground Railroad: Bazaar Under the Stars" will take place on the following Fridays:

Friday, November 15th
Music by: DC Super Sid
Fashion Presentation by: Harley Morgan's ROE: The Agency, LLC
UGRR Bazaar Conductor: Robert Battle

Friday, November 29th (Black Friday/Winter Motherland)
Music and Entertainment by: DJ Housecat (La Gata de Fuego)
UGRR Bazaar Conductor: Head-Roc

Friday, December 13th
Musicby: DJ RBI
UGRR Bazaar Conductor: Robert Battle

Entry is $5 and proceeds go to support the mission and programs at Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center - "A Home for Black Excellence!"

All tickets purchased will be entered into our UGRR Bazaar Raffle!

Youth 15 & Under FREE admittance and No one admitted under 15yrs without an Adult!

The $5 entry fee comes with a raffle ticket, and there is no charge for ages 15 & Under, and no one under 15 years of age will be admitted without an adult.

Hashtag: #UGRRbazaar

Click here for Online Ticket purchases (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/underground-railroad-bazaar-under-the-stars-tickets-77148644673)
Click for Vendor Village application (https://forms.gle/rkxqzcRWv7px1QYAA)


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.