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

Join us Friday Feb 8

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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

Extended Words

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.


Creative Culture, Vol. 1 - Black Love

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

About this Event

First Fridays – PGAAMCC X Creative Culture

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in conjunction with Creative Culture, brings to you a celebration of artistry. Historically, the preservation of art that informs or symbolizes a culture, occupies a sacred space within our society. Museums are a way of preserving and highlighting our history and a journey to a museum often allows us to transport ourselves to another time and place, forgetting the cares of the current world. The same can be said of art – it preserves and transports us while at the same time giving life to a physical, musical or visual representation of an emotion or thought. With art, we can lose ourselves in its beauty, be informed by a creation or allow the art to transform us in some way. Through art we can uplift and inspire. Through art we can open minds and reframe opinions. Through art we can tell a story that builds a bridge between cultures, not a wall.

How our culture infuses our collective psyche giving rise to performance artists creating more unique art, is the creative space through which we aim to highlight artists. Our goal is to give a safe performance space for the creative cultural juxtaposition of art, social commentary, political explorations and matters of the heart. We seek to showcase 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. Additionally, a variety of local retail brands will be present. February is Black History month and the First Friday performance on February 1st will celebrate Black Love. Network, be inspired or simply come to enjoy local performers. To support and register for each Creative Culture First Friday events at PGAAMCC, please visit CreativeCulture.Live.

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40 Acres Deferred Artist Talk

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Join PGAAMCC for an engaging artist talk with 40 Acres Deferred curator Maleke Glee, featuring artists: Tim Davis, Dr. Joan M.e. Gaither, Lionel Frazier, and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell.

40 Acres Deferred highlights the ways in which, even with oppressive systems actively dismantling the rights outlined in our constitution, Black Americans have created spaces that affirm liberty, justice, and happiness. The presenting artists apply varied mediums and stylization in the interpretation of their individual and collective narratives. These narratives follow in the legacy of African American artists who have explored personal, regional, and national trends within the historical moments that shape American culture.

We will be discussing the featured artworks that explore Black American migratory patterns, the process of homemaking, and socio-economic autonomy. The contemporary pieces have embedded remnants of the past in subtle influence, narrative, or stylization. For African Americans, the 40 Acres Promise has been deferred, just as our governmental right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, Black Americans thrive in their spaces; with each passing year, the power of ownership is communicated in the pursuit of legacy building, economic mobility, and cultural preservation. The artists featured in 40 Acres Deferred are paving a new legacy informed by their experience within landscape; their work is derived from the footsteps of their forebears and the environment that has shaped them.


Ujamaa Jam

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Celebrate communal exchange and cooperative economics at our Ujamaa Art Jam. Feel the Kwanzaa vibes, as we curate a pop up you'll love, with great buys, good food, live entertainment and cultural excitement. End your Holiday's on a High Note #ForTheCulture at the Prince George's African American Museum

Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics "To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth. Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principle #4


Ujamaa Jam

We are so excited to announce our upcoming Kwanzaa Celebration pop-up: Ujamaa Art Jam!

Celebrate communal exchange and cooperative economics at our Ujamaa Art Jam. Feel the Kwanzaa vibes, as we curate a pop up you’ll love, with great buys, good food, live entertainment and cultural excitement. End your Holiday’s on a High Note #ForTheCulture at the Prince George’s African American Museum

Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics “To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth. Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principle #4

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Holiday Party Celebrates Black History

The Prince George's Sentinel highlights the importance of PGAAMCC community impact at the annual 2018 Holiday Party. Featuring some very talented artists including poetry performances by Patrick Washington, Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate Michaela Lacy, vocalist Tamara Jade, and special guest author Theresa Gibson. The story includes quotes from our new Executive Director Mrs. Monica O. Montgomery, who shared the Creative Expansion Plan for 2019. Read full article here.