#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

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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.


What is Juneteenth?

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What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a national celebration of the emancipation from slavery in 1865. In 1865 freedom was achieved in many ways, some fought the confederate troops, others escaped and ran. With the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, enforced in December of 1865, African Americans were liberated from Confederate territories where slavery became illegal. While 4 million enslaved people were granted their freedom before the end of the civil war, other states such as Texas was a refuge for slave owners who held African American people as property, some say 1-2 years after Abraham Lincoln had already declared an end to slavery. Finally, on June 19th, enslaved people in Texas were granted their freedom.

“This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."

By 1900 African American people in Texas celebrated June 19th unofficially as Emancipation day, supported by churches and civic organizations. In 1980 Juneteenth became an official holiday in Texas and by 1997 US Congress officially recognized the day as ‘Juneteenth Independence Day.’

Why Should We Celebrate?

All over the world people celebrate Juneteenth to recognize our ancestor’s liberation from slavery, not as a historic event of our past, but as a triumph and achievement for Black people in America, that is still relevant today. This day remains as one of the many reminders of how powerful and resilient we are as a group of people, in our daily fight to justify our human rights and equality in America. Black people in America have tried to be eradicated in a myriad of ways, but Juneteenth reinforces the solidarity of our traditions, culture and our history that continues to make us stronger.

How Can We Celebrate?

People celebrate by holding festivals, family gatherings, contests, games and giving back to their communities. As ‘A Home for Black Excellence’’ PGAAMCC proudly presents the #MoreThanAMonth four-day festival, full of joy, cultural excitement and entertainment for the whole family, this June 19th through Saturday June 22nd culminating in a community block party 12-7pm. Our 2019 theme is inspired by the honorable Marcus Garvey’s quote, “Up You Mighty Race, Accomplish What You Will!” Marcus Garvey, Jamaican born Pan-African icon, was instrumental in establishing a historic mass movement for the liberation of Black people all over the world. Central to his message was political, social and economic self-determination. He organized the Black Star Line, a ship organized to trade commerce between Africans on the west and the African continent.

We recognize past accomplishments across the African diaspora, and seek to empower Black futures, innovators, and community influencers. Our festival emphasizes themes on freedom, black excellence, survival, resilience, and victory. Our festivals support Black owned vendors, artists, cultural organizations, and arts entrepreneurs. Join us in the celebration of Juneteenth. Find out more HERE!


Evening of Excellence: Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Award Ceremony

Evening of Excellence: Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Award Ceremony

Come celebrate the First Annual Scholarship established just for the Outstanding Young Dancers of Prince George's County, the Dance Our Legacy Scholarship 2019-2020.

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This wouldn't be possible without YOU, our Community.

So please, be our Distinguished Guest!

We will be...

  • Recognizing our community of Supporters, Advocates and Sponsors that made Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Fund possible.

  • Enjoying dynamic performances from DMV's best Performing Artists: BREathe Dance Project & Awardee Soloist

  • Hearing from the International Association of Blacks in Dance Inc.

  • Launching Creative and Equal Opportunities Inc.

  • Awarding Ms. Ambar Matos for her committment, passion and exceptionalism. Our FIRST Dance Scholar & Awardee

  • Fellowshipping & Celebrating LIFE Together

Please indicate in your RSVP if (1) other guest will be joining you.

This is a private event held in an intimate gallery space we can only accommodate 60 people total.

Thank you for respecting this REQUEST.

Attire is Semi-Formal/Sunday's BEST Casual
NO Children under the age of 12 please.

Light Refreshments will be served following the Performances/Ceremony.

We will promptly conclude and wrap up at 5:45 PM

Parking is plentious at this location!!!


Juneteenth #Morethanamonth Festival Press Release

Juneteenth 2019

More Than a Month Festival

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North Brentwood, MD (May 2, 2019)Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is ‘A Home for Excellence’’ and we proudly present #MoreThanAMonth, a four-day festival full of joy, cultural excitement and entertainment for the whole family. Our 2019 theme is inspired by the honorable Marcus Garvey’s quote, “Up You Mighty Race, Accomplish What You Will!” We recognize past accomplishments across the African diaspora, and seek to empower Black futures, innovators, and community influencers.

This year we launched our ‘More Than a Month’ campaign that celebrates Black creatives, innovators and community influencers year-round. Our campaign is a multiplatform engagement initiative that seeks to drive social awareness to highlight the accomplishments and upward mobility of the Black DMV community. Through this campaign we have developed public programming that serves the diverse needs of our supporters through educational events, workshops, festivals, and exhibitions.

Come celebrate Juneteenth at our More Than A Month Festival, a jubilant journey through Black history and Black futures! #MoreThanAMonth affirms and supports all that we do and all we have done. #MoreThanAMonth festival brings the spirit of Pan Africanism alive, with informative chats, live entertainment, wellness + sports, food and fun!  Learn, Create, Connect @PGAAMCC.

Our festival will be featured in conjunction with Halycon’s second annual By the People festival. As a museum and community center our work aligns with the Halycon: By The People 2019 initiative to highlight intersectionality through contemporary art and social interactions. DC’s arts and dialogue festival brings people together around the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The festival showcases the rich arts and culture scene and the celebration of local creatives.

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.

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Juneteenth Event Schedule:

Sunday, June 16th  2-5pm | Sunday Scholar Brunch $25

Fatherhood: the significance in the 21st century. A biographical and historical evaluation of the concept of fatherhood with Robert Rouse.

Robert Rouse is a native Washingtonian, who has been married to Denise for thirty-two years. They are the proud parents of two wonderful young women. While serving as a firefighter he mentored numerous young men and boys for more than two decades. Though his parents divorced in his youth, he maintained contact with his father and sought out, albeit subconsciously, positive men in the community and school to emulate. Those years were impactful, thus in adulthood he began in earnest providing a positive example to others in his community.

 

Wed. June 19, 6-9pm | From U Street to the Cotton Club  $10

“Take the A-Train” on a musical journey through DC’s thriving live music scene. U Street  roaring nightlife, mirrored the most famous of Harlem clubs, hear song covers of Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and DC’s own Duke Ellington from ‘In Series’ local talents, Krislynn Perry, Nigel Rowe and Reenie Codelka on piano.  Hear hit tunes, such as: Minnie The Moocher, I’ve Got The World on A String, Stormy Weather, Ain’t Misbehavin’ & More!

‘For the Culture’ | Conversation moderated by Monica Montgomery + Creators Coalition panelists + Andre Taylor of On Us Tees

 

Thurs. June 20, 6-9pm FREE | The Observable Universe by Education Curator Dr. Synatra Smith

Reimagine time and space through technology and fantasy! The Observable Universe is an interactive discussion of Afrofuturist films throughout the Diaspora from the 1970s to the present. We explore such films as Touki Bouki, Space Is the Place, and City of God. Share, engage, and be inspired to create your own Afrofuturist observable universe!

 

Fri. June 21, 6-9pm | Summer Solstice Fashion Show | Fashion Show (6-7:30 pm) + Afterparty (7:00-9pm) Cost: $15 (fashion show entry w/ 1 free drink), $25 (fashion show entry, after party, 1 free drink, gift bag, Soul Illuminance cup)

PGAAMCC presents Summer Solstice Fashion Show!

Experience Black Star Fashions and walk the red carpet and celebrate summer green designs from featured multi-media artist, Quest Skinner. Coming off of a Catharsis installation on the National Mall, Quest is bringing vibrant, colorful, decadent, and transformative designs to PGAAMCC’s #MoreThanAMonth festival. Join us as we celebrate Black beauty, Black fashion, and Black creatives all year round.

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”. You don’t want miss it!

 

Sat. June 22, 12-7pm FREE | PGAAMCC Block Party

You are invited to the cookout! PGAAMCC and Creators Collaborative bring to you a Block Party for the whole family! Music, Games, Trivia, Food, Vendors, and Live Art will fill PGAAMCC’s parking lot and outdoor pavillion. And if you can’t take the heat come inside and experience our 3 galleries, with exclusive talks with artists and community leaders on Education, Wellness, and Financial Literacy.

In collaboration with Creators Coalition, JessBeCreative, On Us Tees, Museum Hue

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Sunday Scholar Brunch: Easter Edition

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Come and enjoy an afternoon of breaking bread with fellow knowledge seekers, justice fighters, and social champions. This ticketed event includes brunch catered by a local Black chef and a presentation and community conversation by the designated scholar.

April's Scholar is Anthropologist, Researcher, and Professor, Michelle Chatman PhD!

Brunch Menu by Chef Teo:

Mini Bagels & Muffins

Veggie & Potato Hash
Scrambled Eggs
Spiced Wings
Shrimp & Grits
Fruit Platter

Dr. Chatman's lecture will explore Black Mindfulness: Cultural Practices for Healing, Joy, and Justice.
Mindfulness, the practice of present-moment, non-judgmental awareness, has been shown to promote overall well-being. Yet, African descended people have long held mindful cultural practices to sustain us through challenges and triumph. 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.

Dr. Michelle Chatman is an Assistant Professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program at The University of the District of Columbia, where she integrates mindfulness and contemplative approaches into her instruction and leads the university’s mindfulness Initiative. Dr. Chatman is Research Fellow in the RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) Program. With her research team, she will be piloting a mindfulness and restorative-justice based violence prevention initiative for DC youth. In her compelling TEDx talk, Dr. Chatman links her contemplative work to her volunteerism in The Gambia, West Africa (link below). Though a native Washingtonian, Dr. Chatman now resides in Prince George's county with her husband and daughter.


The Thornton Business Hour "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence"

In Celebration of Women's History Month Monica O. Montgomery, Executive Director of the Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center Appears on The Thornton Business Hour, March, 6 2019

Tune-in to WOL 1450 AM, on March 6, at 11:00 am, for The Thornton Business Hour. In celebration of National Women's History Month Pat interviews

Monica O. Montgomery, Executive Director of the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center. The 2019 theme for Women's History Month is "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence." As the National Women's History Alliance website explained, "This year we honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society." Given the theme for this year, it is certainly appropriate for us to lead our celebration with Ms. Montgomery, because she is an arts and culture innovator, who uses creativity and narrative as a means of bridging the gap between people and movements.
 

Monica O. Montgomery, is the new Executive Director of Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center, and recently celebrated her 100th day on the job. As an independent curator, museum consultant and keynote speaker, she uses her platforms to be in service to society. She is co-founder and strategic director of Museum Hue a multicultural platform advancing diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives for people of color, in arts, culture, museums and creative economy. Monica works internationally to facilitate diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives with clients throughout Europe, Africa and North America.

 

As a museum activist, Monica advocates globally for social justice and relevance embedded in museum practice. She is a dynamic force for change, recently delivering a TedX talk entitled 'How To Be an Upstander' challenging everyone to stand up, speak up and act up for social good.
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Soul Illuminance: a Retrospective of Quest Skinner

Soul Illuminance: A Retrospective of Quest Skinner

EXHIBITION OPENING:

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North Brentwood, MD (January 30, 2019) –   The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to announce the exhibition opening of Soul Illuminance: A Retrospective of Quest Skinner Friday, February, 8, 6-9pm. Join us and experience the dreamscapes, divine feminine representation, alchemy and abstraction that is Quest Skinner’s work.

Enter the surrealist dreamscape of lush textures and inner visions of internationally acclaimed artist, Quest Skinner. As a DC based artist, her influences range from the energy of cityscapes, music and people she encounters every day to the Burning Man festival, indigenous culture and the divine feminine. Her studio practice involves alchemy, taking raw feelings, vibrations and moments in our lives to transmute and reincarnate them with resin, paint, collage, sculpture and over 30 other mediums she works in. Quest’s artwork is a mixed media tapestry of flowing pigment and vibrant color, which tells a story that demands to be seen, changing with every person who sees her work. ‘Art is the poor man's bar of gold… We are here to create and be creatives and creators.’ Quest Skinner

Quest has spent years selling her art at Eastern Market in Downtown DC. She takes pride in selling original art work and her clients always walk away with a one of a kind original, rather than manufactured prints. As a result, every year, she changes her style to reflect one year of experiences, creating 50 to 150 pieces per week, and selling nearly half of what she produced per weekend at Eastern Market. She continues to evolve with her work, and the art in our galleries are an extension of Quest Skinner’s 2018 collection.

Quest’s goal is to paint reflections of fierce, fancy, and unapologetic femininity. ‘Men are not our beasts of burden, and we should not treat them as such’. Her depictions seek to challenge the societal norms that suggest that men and women have equal footing in relationships, the workplace, and within their own identities. This idea is manifested with images of warrior women slaying dragons, ballerinas and dancers striking a pose, and intricate body busts of the male and female anatomy. In addition, the dirty pour style creates lush abstract art that can be interpreted and viewed dynamically in a reading of the ink blots.

Curated by PGAAMCC Executive Director Monica Montgomery, the exhibition creates conversations between historical and contemporary artists of diverse cultural backgrounds exploring a broad range of themes including the body, identity, materiality, and private versus public selves.

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.


Creative Culture, Vol. 1 - Black Love

CREATIVE CULTURE, Vol. 1 - Black Love. Live Performances by Aaron Abernathy with Special Guests Anastasia Antoinette and Brian Jones.

About this Event

First Fridays – PGAAMCC X Creative Culture

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in conjunction with Creative Culture, brings to you a celebration of artistry. Historically, the preservation of art that informs or symbolizes a culture, occupies a sacred space within our society. Museums are a way of preserving and highlighting our history and a journey to a museum often allows us to transport ourselves to another time and place, forgetting the cares of the current world. The same can be said of art – it preserves and transports us while at the same time giving life to a physical, musical or visual representation of an emotion or thought. With art, we can lose ourselves in its beauty, be informed by a creation or allow the art to transform us in some way. Through art we can uplift and inspire. Through art we can open minds and reframe opinions. Through art we can tell a story that builds a bridge between cultures, not a wall.

How our culture infuses our collective psyche giving rise to performance artists creating more unique art, is the creative space through which we aim to highlight artists. Our goal is to give a safe performance space for the creative cultural juxtaposition of art, social commentary, political explorations and matters of the heart. We seek to showcase culture in dynamic tandem with gifted artists performing across a variety of mediums. Come out and support these artists the first Friday of every month as they showcase their range of skills. Along with a changing line-up of live performances, local food & drink vendors will be on site bringing a myriad of flavors to the party. Additionally, a variety of local retail brands will be present. February is Black History month and the First Friday performance on February 1st will celebrate Black Love. Network, be inspired or simply come to enjoy local performers. To support and register for each Creative Culture First Friday events at PGAAMCC, please visit CreativeCulture.Live.

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Ujamaa Jam

We are so excited to announce our upcoming Kwanzaa Celebration pop-up: Ujamaa Art Jam!

Celebrate communal exchange and cooperative economics at our Ujamaa Art Jam. Feel the Kwanzaa vibes, as we curate a pop up you’ll love, with great buys, good food, live entertainment and cultural excitement. End your Holiday’s on a High Note #ForTheCulture at the Prince George’s African American Museum

Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics “To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth. Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principle #4

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Welcome our new Executive Director, Monica O Montgomery

PGAAMCC Welcome's our new Executive Director, Monica O Montgomery

Photo credit: Dominique Sindayiganza

Monica O. Montgomery, is the new Executive Director of Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center. She is an arts and culture innovator using creativity and narrative as a means of bridging the gap between people and movements. As an independent curator, museum consultant and  keynote speaker, she uses her platforms to be in service to society. She is co-founder and strategic director of Museum Hue a multicultural platform advancing diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives for people of color, in arts, culture, museums and creative economy. She works internationally to facilitate diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives with clients throughout Europe, Africa and North America.

As a museum activist, Monica advocates globally for social justice and relevance embedded in museum practice. She is a dynamic force for change, recently delivering a TedX talk entitled ‘How To Be an Upstander’ challenging everyone to stand up, speak up and act up for social good.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Temple University and a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University. She is an adjunct professor who’s taught in Museum Studies graduate programs at Harvard University, Pratt Institute, and NYU and guest lectured at Princeton University, Columbia University, American University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, CUNY, University of the Arts and dozens more. Monica holds leadership advisory positions in OfByFor All Change Network, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Leading Changemakers, Arts Marketing Association UK, Museums As Sites of Social Action and other groups.

Monica states” I am grateful and energized to be named Executive Director of Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center, an institution that stands out among African American museums for presenting bold contemporary art exhibitions and preserving the black history contributions of residents in PG County. My commitment to Diversity + Inclusion, Black excellence, Social justice curation and community engagement has led to a natural progression of my work into this esteemed leadership position. I am honored to be taking the helm and excited by the possibilities PGAAMCC has to leave a lasting legacy for future generations throughout the region and the world.”