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

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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!


Catharsis: Spirit Leaves A Mark Opening Reception

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‘Catharsis. Spirit Leaves A Mark’ is the latest PGAAMCC exhibit, depicting the duality of our emotions and the intensity of black womens’ expression and experience. These richly textured portraits are painted by local Prince George’s County artist Vanessa R Williams.

Williams deeply political and personal artwork, highlight the inner lives and private worlds of multi generational black women, and the pressure and paradox endemic to their struggle as matriarch + mother, nurturer + needy, caregiver + celebrity, songbird + ingenue, housewife + heroine, and many more identities and responsibilities.

After you see the powerful exhibit, stick around for an intimate musical performance by Vanessa Williams herself!

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Vanessa Renee Williams, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the very proud mother of one daughter, Lisa. Williams enjoys blogging, painting and creative writing.

On career path in the visual arts, Williams was encouraged to continue her studies by the late artist and educator, Laurie Ann Siegel. Upon graduation from The Academy of Notre Dame in 1978, Williams was accepted to study at Howard University's College of Fine Arts. She was instructed at Howard by noted visual artists Lucille Malkia Roberts, E.H. Sorrells-Adewale, Albert Michael Auld, Winston Kennedy, Chi Chong Lee, Lila O. Asher, Alfred J. Smith, Tritobia Benjamin, Raymond Dobard, Jarvis Grant, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Starmanda Bullock, Edward Love, Jeff Donaldson, and Doris Colbert.

Her path to the music industry began in 1994, Williams received a phone call from Richard Smallwood. She traveled with "The Richard Smallwood Singers” throughout the United States and on her very first trips out of the country from Norway to France, to Venezuela. Her first studio recording experience with The Smallwood Singers was "Faith", a track featured on the compilation project, "Verity Records Presents: A Tribute to Rosa Parks". In 1995, when he signed with Verity Records, she accepted Smallwood's invitation to become a part of a larger, recording choir for a one-time event and project. This choir, however, continued to record and is the musical family known as "Vision". She also sang simultaneously in Yolanda Adams’ background vocals trio. Vanessa is thrilled to be showing her work for the first time in decades and debuting it at the Prince George’s African American Museum.


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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Do More 24! May 22-23rd 24-Hour Fundraiser for Community Treasure Chest Initiative

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Do More 24 Fundraiser for ‘Community Treasure Chest Oral Histories Initiative’

North Brentwood, MD (May 22, 2019) -  Wednesday, May 22-23rd Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is asking for your generous support. Do More 24 is the DMV's largest annual 24-hour online fundraiser to donate to charities and contribute to communities. Our goal is to raise $4519 by May 24th and we need your help! Make a donation to PGAAMCC today to help us continue preserving the rich history and culture in Prince George's County through our Community Treasure Chest Oral Histories Initiative.

 

We are launching Community Treasure Chest initiative to highlight the rich undiscovered history in our backyards. In an effort to use our momentum to support our mission, this initiative will allow residents to explore their own shared histories and increase the Museum’s community engagement. Community Treasure Chest creates an opportunity for senior citizens to honor their family heirlooms and share the accompanying oral histories. PGAAMCC will host these Antique Roadshow styled events at malls, senior centers, and other community spaces so that residents can bring their personal objects to be recorded and preserved, and possibly archived. Participant will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s archives and artifacts.

 

It is our mission to preserve the local histories of the families that have lived and contributed to the Prince George’s County community. The oral histories are an opportunity to document individual and collective histories and inspire innovative ways to highlight and honor the joy, resilience, and triumph of African Americans in Prince George’s County. This initiative is the first step in digitizing and expanding our permanent archival collection.

 

Through the Do More 24 Campaign we are asking supporters to donate to our mission, our work and our commitment to the African American community in Prince George’s County.

 

We want to hear YOUR stories and uncover hidden histories. How did your family come to settle here? What treasures did they leave? Share them with us!

Community Treasure Chest will occur in the following towns throughout the County: North Brentwood, Glenarden, Beltsville, Landover, Fairmount Heights, Greenbelt, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Suitland, Accokeek, Oxon Hill, Brandywine, Aquasco, and Eagle Harbor.

 

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. We appreciate your support during this pivotal point of the Museum’s success.

 

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.

 

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PG Power Moves! Press Release

PG Power Moves!

Event Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 / 5:30-8:30-pm
Location: 4519 Rhode Island Ave. North Brentwood, MD 20722
Website: pgaamcc.org/supportus

On March 22, 2019, PGAAMCC launched its first PG Power Moves! Program, honoring Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye of Jesus House DC. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Pastor Omo was the recipient of a PG Power Mover Award, for her dedication to serving women as the founder of Jesus House Women’s Ministries of Jesus House DC. Pastor Omo’s ministry addresses pertinent issues of womanhood from birth to old age and their outreach provides services and resources for over 5,000 women locally. Pastor Omo was given a certificate, an original piece of art by Quest Skinner, and a space grant to host a community event for her ministry. A local DJ provided entertainment for the evening and PGAAMCC’s galleries were filled with over 55 guests from the Jesus House DC congregation and neighboring communities. For many, it was their first time entering our space. The PGAAMCC staff were welcoming and visitors meandered through the space observing the contemporary art and historical archives. Pastor Omo arrived to music, a red carpet, and a cameraman. The staff made collages of Pastor Omo, her family, and the congregation, with the goal of ensuring she felt honored and the members of her ministry welcomed her with dance.

All enjoyed the space, and took time indulging the artwork talking, and communing with one another. In addition to the two art exhibitions: Protest Garden and Soul Illuminance: A Retrospective of Quest Skinner, the night highlighted artist Kayode Malomo. Over a dozen of his pieces were on display, decorating the main convening gallery. art appreciation and art patronage is part of the unique value proposition of PG Power Moves and all are encourage to buy, behold and celebrate the featured artist works on display in our silent auction.

After Executive Director, Monica O. Montgomery offered a warm welcome, Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye gave a keynote speech describing her dedication to women and the extensive ways she serves and centers women in the local community. The environment was electric. Volunteers connected with guests at the membership table and guests stopped to pick up fliers and hear more about our upcoming programming. This event was a beautiful way to honor Pastor Omo and welcome the congregation of Jesus House DC to PGAAMCC. Thanks to all who came to support and honor Pastor Omo Ghandi-Olaoye’s community impact.