Culture Keepers Program


The PrincCK _Thumbe George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to present Culture Keepers!  Culture Keepers is an after school program for middle school and high school students. Students enrolled in the Culture Keepers program are researchers and teachers of African American history, art, and culture. Each year, Culture Keepers engage in innovative projects that interpret Prince George’s African American history, art, and culture through dynamic visual and performing arts events, such as mural projects, cultural exchanges, and community forums.  Currently, PGAAMCC has partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) to implement the Culture Keepers program at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Suitland High School.Click Here To Become A Sponsor

Mission: 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, MD, through creative and positive ambassadorships of young Prince George’s County residents.

Museum Location: 4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD.

Program Coordinator:

Synatra Smith, Education Curator;  Contact: E-mail:

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Culture Keepers Program 2015-2016

Culture Keepers ‘Exploring Black Innovation’ Exhibition Opening

Art by Local High School Students will be Featured in PGAAMCC’s Newest Exhibition

 North Brentwood, MD (May 18, 2016) – A new exhibition at Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center will celebrate Black innovation and feature artistic works by local high school students. The exhibition, entitled Exploring Black Innovation, will feature the work of PGAAMCC Culture Keepers students from Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. and Northwestern High Schools.

Culture Keepers is a PGAAMCC after-school program that engages students in innovative projects – such as art exhibitions, mural projects, cultural exchanges, and community forums – that interpret the Black history, art, and culture of Prince George’s County and beyond. The program is a part of PGAAMCC’s Cultural Education Passport Program – a partnership between the Museum and Prince George’s County Public Schools. Through Culture Keepers, and other innovative programs such as Early Keepers and Museum-in-a-Box, PGAAMCC has served over 3,100 students this year.

The Exploring Black Innovation Exhibition Opening at PGAAMCC will be Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 from 7pm-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a mural unveiling at Northwestern High School for students, friends, family, and community stakeholders.


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Culture Keepers 2014-2015

Special Project: A Journey Through the African Diaspora Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) was awarded the 2013-2014 Museums Connect grant for the project A Journey through the African DiasporaPGAAMCC’s high school after school program, Culture Keepers, partnered with an after-school program Onarin Koja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Both school groups will research the African Diaspora and engage  in Cultural Exchange in the Spring of 2014.  Museums Connect is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.

  • Background: The African Diaspora refers to communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples in Africa.  The term has historically applied to descendants of Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, with the largest population in the USA and Brazil. 
  • Participants: Suitland High School in Forestville, MD.  and EMEFM Antionio Sampio High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Culmination: A travel cultural exchange with PGAAMCC Culture Keepers students and faculty from CVPA Suitland High School and faculty and students from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  A public mural project that reflects the African Diaspora in Prince George’s County will be completed during the cultural exchange.  The mural will be installed at a public location in Prince George’s County with high visibility.
  • Community Impact: This project will impact communities throughout Prince George’s County through community arts events, mural installations, international cultural exchanges/dialogue, and community partnerships. This is going to be a ground breaking opportunity for youth and community members in Prince George’s County and we will be internationally recognized as a County that celebrates and innovatively shares our history, art, and culture.

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