Sunday Scholar Brunch

 

07/21, the weekend closes out with a special Sunday Scholar Brunch catered by Chef Teo, and our featured scholar, Hair Therapist, Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka.

Cost: $25

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#SUPERnatural Hair Festival

07/20, Saturday is the official #SUPERnatural Hair Festival welcoming ALL Black artisans and vendors, Hair & Makeup Demos and Mythbusters, and Tasty Food options 2-8pm, all leading up to Supernatural: The Play, which touches on the intricacies of black women’s diverse hair experiences, 8-10pm.

Cost:

  • Festival only, Early Bird sale (ends July 10) //$8
  • Festival only, General Admission//$15
  • VIP all inclusive Festival, Play + #TeamNatural swag bag //$20
  • play (only at the door)
  • VIP at the door//$25

Art Therapy Day

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Friday kicks off Art Therapy Day, which includes workshops centered around expression, health, wellness, and mindfulness practices that target our communities of color.

Cost: FREE ($8 suggested donation + gain entry to Jazz Vesper)

The evening concludes with a Jazz Vesper under the summer sky with the featured exhibitionist, artist, and singer, Vanessa Williams.

Cost: $8

 


PG Power Moves!

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Calling all Power Movers to our monthly artful networking event that features: a live performance, an art auction, an atmosphere of networking and fellowship, as we acknowledge notable people of color who live, work, and play in Prince George’s County or the DC Metropolitan area. We have our finger on the pulse of the progressive professional.

Come to discuss your latest projects and make new connections with artists, culture keepers, politicians, and cross-disciplinary practitioners. We encourage your to bring your business cards & any other information you'd like to share.

We give respect and honor to the people paving the way for the region, celebrating
those who have shown outstanding impact or influence. The PG Power Mover will be honored during the event and speak to the audience about their past, present and future power moves.

Honoree: Omar Eaton-Martinez M. Ed.

Omar leads the Prince George’s County Historical Resources, which include historical house museums, an aviation museum, the Black History Program and archaeological parks. He also oversees the programming of those sites with an emphasis placed on preserving, sustaining and enhancing these resources as well as engaging and building communities through education, outreach and innovation. Most recently he managed the interns and fellows program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). He builds coalitions that support diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. Omar has worked at the National Park Service, the Office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, NASA and he also was a K-12 teacher in NYC and DC.

Currently is a part-time PhD student in American Studies at University of Maryland, College Park

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency serving Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland with parks, recreation, and planning. M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County provides quality recreation programs, facilities, and services for residents and visitors. We also operate and maintain more than 27,000 acres of parkland throughout the county, including land developed to provide parks, picnic areas, athletic fields, historic sites, community centers, and recreation facilities. In an effort to maintain the county's natural beauty, a large percentage of the land has been left undeveloped to serve as buffers and to provide natural open spaces.

Twitter: @oeatonmartinez


PGAAMCC Block Party

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Sat. June 22, 12-7pm FREE You are invited to the cookout!

PGAAMCC, Creators Coalition, JessBeCreative, On Us Tees, and Museum Hue, 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.

***All tickets sold at the door***


Summer Solstice Fashion Show + After Party

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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 Retrospective solo show at our museum and a multimedia 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”. Dream big, Look Fab and Witness Steampunk Summer Fashions

You don’t want miss it!

Cost: $15 (fashion show entry w/ complimentary drink)/$25 (fashion show entry, reserved seating, after party, 2 complimentary drinks, gift bag)

**Tickets sold at the door**


The Observable Universe by Education Curator Dr. Synatra Smith

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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!

Featuring a special Outdoor Pop Up Exhibit by 365EYL Project & Somerset Prep!


From U Street to the Cotton Club

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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!

Following is a #FortheCulture Conversation moderated by Monica Montgomery + Creators Coalition panelists + Andre Taylor of On Us Tees

***All tickets sold at the door**


Father’s Day Scholar Brunch

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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.

Scholar: Robert Rouse

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

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.


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!