From County to State: New Executive Leadership at Two Partnering African American Institutions

PHOTO RIGHT TO LEFT.  Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, PGAAMCC Chair; Maleke Glee, Interim Director; Chanel Compton, MCAAHC/BDM Director; Lyndra Marshall (née Pratt), MCAAHC Chair

From County to State: New Executive Leadership at Two Partnering African American Institutions

Chanel Compton named Director of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Banneker Douglass Museum and Maleke Glee named Interim Executive Director for the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center

The Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) are in the midst of bringing on new leadership to both organizations.  PGAAMCC’s current Executive Director, Chanel Compton, was recruited by the MCAAHC to be the new Director of the MCAAHC and BDM in Annapolis.  Ms. Compton will also transition to the PGAAMCC Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of Development.  PGAAMCC has recruited Maleke Glee, previously a program/community partner, to be the Interim Executive Director. “My primary goal, as Board Chair, is to continue to elevate the excellent programs, practices, and procedures of PGAAMCC,” states Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Chair of PGAAMCC’s Board of Directors “We are very pleased to have Ms. Compton transition from serving as our Executive Director to being an acting Board Member as the Vice Chair of Development.  As such a strong ambassador for PGAAMCC, Ms. Compton will actively promote our mission and vision locally, nationally, and internationally.” Both organizations seeks to partner on Board Membership and program initiatives.  Ms. Lyndra Marshall (née Pratt), MCAAHC Chair states, “Though both institutions are in transition, this has been a great opportunity to collaborate through staffing, volunteerism, board leadership, and program initiatives.”

About PGAAMCC and MCAAHC

PGAAMCC’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.  Since opening its doors in 2010, PGAAMCC has presented art and historical exhibitions, public programs, film screenings, festivals, and educational outreach programs, all of which continue to grow as the Museum’s audience and reach expand.  In partnership with the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) Office of Arts Integration, PGAAMCC’s education outreach programs, such as its early childhood programs and teen after school programs, serve approximately 65 PGPCS schools and 4,000 PGCPS students. Moving forward, PGAAMCC is actively expanding its education outreach programs throughout the region and is producing a Black Arts Festival, which will premiere on October 7, 2017.

PGAAMCC’s new Interim Executive Director, Maleke Glee, is no stranger to PGAAMCC and community arts programming.  Glee’s scholarship is focused on dramaturgy and cultural ethnography, and he recently curated PGAAMCC’s most popular public programs series for the exhibition, Chocolate Cities. Maleke has also led PGAAMCC’s after school program, Culture Keepers, and is the founder and executive director for the DC based non-profit, Chocolate Redux, whose mission is to support and sustain the local culture of the Washington Metropolitan Area in the midst of gentrification. Maleke Glee states“ As a native and current resident of the County, I am honored to support our cultural eco-system.  I enter this role ready to work alongside the Board, partners, and community, to fulfill the promise of PGAAMCC’s mission.”

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) works to interpret, document, preserve, and promote Maryland's African American heritage; to provide technical assistance to institutions and groups with similar objectives; and to educate Maryland's citizens and visitors about the significance of the African American experience in Maryland and the nation.  MCAAHC oversees the Banneker Douglass Museum, appoints the Walter Hill Fellowship in Archives, and jointly administers the States $1-million African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program with the Maryland Historical Trust. Chanel Compton states, “Serving African American causes on a County level has been a tremendous experience, and I am honored to serve on a State level to further promote the preservation and presentation of African American history, art, and culture.”

The Future

As two of Maryland State’s premiere African American institutions, alongside institutions such as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, PGAAMCC and MCAAHC seek to be resources to each other and the greater community through cross-institutional board leadership and creative collaborations, such as traveling exhibitions and programs.

To learn more about MCAAHC, please visit www.africanamerican.maryland.gov or call 410-216-6180.  To learn more about PGAAMCC, please visit www.pgaamcc.org or call 301-809-0440.


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


"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!


Women's History Month

Did you know that International Women's day is celebrated on March 8th and the first International Women's Day was held on March 19, 1911?

Learn more about Women's History Month here.


In Memoriam: Marion Barry

"Mayor for Life"

Civil rights activist, Marion Barry is the definition of a game changer.  Since his move to Washington, D.C. in 1965, he managed to become one of the most influential, charismatic, and unforgettable politicians of his time. Although Marion Barry is greatly known for being the second and fourth mayor of Washington, D.C., he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the President of the D.C. School Board (1972-1974). He also held a seat as a member of the D.C. City Council three times. Marion Barry co-founded PRIDE, Inc. in 1967 and started the D.C. Summer Youth Program in 1979. His dedication and commitment was displayed through his many efforts to improve the city he called home. Marion Barry’s life was a testimony that despite your flaws, mistakes, and imperfections; you can still positively impact and inspire your community.

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to take a moment to pay homage to the former Mayor of the District of Columbia, City Council member, D.C. School Board President, and civil rights activist, Marion S. Barry.


'The Historymakers' Lauds Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown

The Historymakers, 'the nation's largest African American oral history collection' recently added the distinguished life and career of our very on Executive Director, Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown, to their archive.

Who knew that chocolate brown was her favorite color? Or, that Chocolate and Tuna Fish were among here favorite foods? What we at PGAAMCC probably could have guessed was her favorite quote: 'No problem is solved at the same level of consciousness that created it'. That's was she does everyday--elevate consciousness. And we are all better for it!

Read excerpts from her 2007 Historymaker's Interview for yourself, visit: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/jacqueline-finney-brown-41

 


The Masters: Oldenburg and Gaddy

Master sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Huey Gaddy reunited at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Scupture Garden in Washington, DC ,on Saturday, November 8. Oldenburg, 85, is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. He was a guest speaker at the Hirshhorn on Sunday. Huey Gaddy began his career as a sculptor by working as a fabricator for several major contemporary sculptors, including Oldenburg.

'Momentum' our current exhibition featuring Gaddy's work is now on display at PGAAMCC through January 20th. PGAAMCC will announce, in-person artist tours of the exhibition soon!


Join Us! Emancipation Day Membership

In commemoration of 150 years of Freedom for African Americans in Maryland, this week the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is offering lifetime memberships for only $150.

 150 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER FIRST 1864, ENSLAVED AFRICANS IN MARYLAND WERE FREED BY A STATE EMANCIPATION LAW. THE WORK OF THE PRINCE GEORGE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER IS TO TELL THE STORIES, HONOR THE ARTISTIC WORKS, AND TREASURE  AND EXHIBIT THE ARTIFACTS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA PEOPLE OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY MARYLAND.

 MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP DURING THE MONTH OF EMANCIPATION HONORS EACH YEAR OF FREEDOM IN MARYLAND SINCE 1864.

Click Here to Join Today!


Wayne K. Curry (Courtesy WaPost)

In Memoriam: Wayne K. Curry: Prince George's First African-American County Executive

The Honorable Wayne K. Curry broke all the molds in the early 90's by becoming the first African American County Executive for Prince George's County.  His dynamism and determination to move the county from being the "Poor Sister" of Counties in the National Capital Region to being a jurisdiction of substance, affluence and pride was felt immediately in his bold economic moves in housing development and economic development.  His administration opened a new era of being "open for business and high end development" for Prince George's County.

Wayne's enthusiam, intelligence, sharp wit and general affability endeared him to friend and foe alike and made him a strong advocate for what is good for our County.  He was also a very determined man.

We at the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center at North Brentwood honor the distinguished legacy of this trailblazer and his contributions to the African American story in Prince George's County.

 

 


PGAAMCC Celebrates The Life, Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned and then became a politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

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