HEALING | MINDFULNESS | JOY | JUSTICE

 

Through song and storytelling Dr. Michelle Chatman takes us on an ancestral journey and shares her practices in mindfulness. DC born and Prince George’s County resident, Chatman has ventured to Gambia, West Africa where her contemplative work has inspired practice of present-moment, non-judgmental awareness, and promotion of overall well-being. African descendants have long held mindful cultural practices to sustain us through challenges and triumph. She brings to light the daily practices and routines that could enhance the way we interact and excel in every-day life. Her song and stories captivate the spirit of West Africa and a transformative journey in mindfulness.

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“I visited The Gambia, West Africa, for the first time in my mid-twenties while in college. I had only been on a plane once and had never traveled outside of the US. A self-proclaimed Pan Africanist, I couldn’t wait to go back to “The Motherland” and reclaim my ancestral heritage while working with youth and schools throughout the country. The six-week trip was deeply transformative. I was able to witness the majestic beauty along with the painful inequity of that country. I still speak of the experience as if it were yesterday. I began to learn how to really listen, still myself, and embrace the living all around me. I’ve been back to The Gambia several times since that initial visit and in other ways, have deepened my connection to the Motherland. At 30 years old, I was initiated into a West African priesthood whose teachings are a major part of my life. In this presentation, I will share insights from my “African journeys” and how they have liberated my being and brought me home.”

 

This Easter Sunday 2-5pm Scholar, Anthropologist, Researcher, and Professor, Michelle Chatman Ph.D. will explore Black Mindfulness: Cultural Practices for Healing, Joy, and Justice. 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.

 

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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 Art of Business + The Business of Art

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Are you an inspiring or established artist or entrepreneur? Join us for an art business talk with Quest Skinner, moderated by Nexus. Quest Skinner has been creating and selling art for over 20 years and her solo exhibition Soul Illuminance: A Retrospective of Quest Skinner is displayed in our galleries from now until April 30. You don’t want to miss a chance to connect with the art and the artist. We welcome all to this intimate conversation with Quest herself, as she explains: Getting Started, Self-Advocating, Fair Pricing and much more!


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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Sunday Scholar Brunch: Justice, Memory, and Sacred Grounds: Preservation and the Sugar Land 95

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Sunday Scholar Brunch is an new PGAAMCC exclusive event. Join us for an afternoon of breaking bread with fellow knowledge seekers, justice fighters, social champions and conscious raisers. Brunch followed by a keynote speaker with a Q + A segment. Be a part of this safe platform where open sharing of ideas and causes are encouraged.

Justice, Memory, and Sacred Grounds: Preservation and the Sugar Land 95 will be a conversational presentation and discussion led by scholar Valerie Wade, owner of Lynnfield Historical Consulting (LHC).

Valerie Wade will explain the history of Sugar Land and connect it to broader conversations about the penal system, the disposability of Black bodies, and what we can do today to preserve Black cemeteries and other burial sites. Wade highlights her experience in the preservation of Black history in the Houston area through her consulting business. She will discuss how historical research can be used to combat gentrification, and how genealogy is a wonderful way for communities to engage youth and elders.

Valerie Wade was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas. As a child, the “Addy” series of American Girls books fueled her love for history and storytelling. She earned her B.A. in African American Studies and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. She went on to study United States History at the graduate level at Duke University, where she earned her MA. She has received a number of research grants and presented her research at history-centered conferences. She has the distinction of being a Certified Archivist (CA).

Valerie is active in the Houston chapter of the Afro-American History and Genealogy Society. She is also a member of the National Council on Public History, the Association of Houston Archivists, the Texas Oral History Association, and a number of other professional organizations.

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Culture Playdate

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Play, Have Fun, Make a Memory or Make a Friend. Creative Educational Activities for Kids.

CRAFT HISTORY DAY!

Family-friendly set of activities with a goal to help participants engage with African American history and tradition through art-based learning.

Activities Include:

Fabric Postcards (Black American Quiltmaking) We will use Faith Ringgold’s story quilts to guide this project
Coffee Can Drums (Black American and African Drumming)We will use the history of drums and African-inspired dance traditions to guide this project. 
Kente Cloth Paper Weaving (West African Fiber Arts)We will use the history of West African kente cloth to guide this project.

Bring the kids and they can have fun crafting history, experiencing an art tour and being immersed in Storytime. No fuss, all fun and we provide the activities.


Soul Illuminance: a Retrospective of Quest Skinner

 

Soul Illuminance: a Retrospective of Quest Skinner’ Friday Feb 8th – Tuesday April 28th 2019

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Enter the surrealist dreamscape of lush textures and inner visions of internationally acclaimed artist, Quest Skinner

‘Art is poor man's bar of gold… We are here to create and be creatives and creators.’ Quest Skinner

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Quest is DC based artist, with influences ranging from the energy of cityscapes, music and people she encounters everyday, 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.

About the Artist:

Quest Skinner is always striving to find new ways to make her artwork break away the emotional blockade between artists and buyers. As mixed-media artist, teacher, community activist currently residing in Washington, D.C., she is influenced by the energy of cityscapes, music and the personalities she encounters everyday. Then in her studio she brings them into her world; a world that takes raw feelings, vibrations and various moments in our lives then captures them with flowing pigments. Quest’s artwork tells a story that changes with every person who sees her work.

Working within 30+ different traditional and non traditional mediums, her fluid and always interchanging style of work keeps patrons coming back to explore the world through Quest’s eyes.

‘Art is poor man's bar of gold… We are here to create and be creatives and creators.’ Quest Skinner


(Rescheduled) Crafting Our Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Come join us for a FREE Community Event and Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a family friendly event catered to kids ages +3 to High School. We invite all to engage in educational opportunities PGAAMCC has to offer. The event will feature Book Arts Making Activity + Story Time + Community Conversation + More! Come join us and learn all about our upcoming education programs and opportunities!

This event is a book drive. We are specifically looking for books in the following categories; children, creative, art, black history, social justice.

Our Lending Library Wish List: //a.co/ajxqlGu

College students can buy a book and email their receipt to receive an hour of community service per book!


Creative Culture, Vol. 1 - Black Love. Live Performances + Food & Drinks

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

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in conjunction with Creative Culture, brings to you a celebration of artistry. On February 1st we will celebrate Black love Black creativity and  Black culture.

We will be showcasing 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!


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.