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Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young Exhibit Closing Event


Quilting Extravaganza  Aug. 17

Discover more about the art of creating story quilts at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Meet members of the Women of Color Quilters Network and participate in unique quilt making workshops and a free value assessment of your treasured family quilts by the Women of Color Quilters Network. This exhibit closing event features the following activities:

VOICES ON CLOTH:                        11:30 am        
Children are encourage to listen to and tell their stories, and create a quilt block made of cloth.  Making stories on cloth promotes creative thinking and the concept of art as a visual language.  The creation of quilt blocks provides nurturing experiences in which young people develop awareness and awaken the artist within.  The program is for children ages 7 to 12 years old.  Peggie Lois Hartwell, a fourth-generation African American quilter and educator, will lead the workshop.  Ms. Hartwell currently lives in Summerville, South Carolina, where she is Chairperson of the Summerville Chapter of the Women of Color Quilters Network.  Their focus is to teach school-age children the art and tradition of making story-quilts.   
 
IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS            2 pm 
Improvisational piecing/quilting invites you to experiment with unpredictable designs, textures, and colors.  You will learn how to play with fabrics, piecing techniques and have fun designing new and creative patterns that challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone.  We will simply start without knowing what the result will look like; you will be using fabrics that the instructor will bring from all over the world and at the end of the class, you will be amazed at your exciting line of framed note cards and 11 x 14 matted artwork that you designed.  Lead by renowned artist Ed Johnnetta Miller.  She is a quilter, teacher, curator and lecturer, is one of the most creative and colorful improvisational quiltmakers in America.  One of Ms. Miller’s quilts is featured in our exhibit: Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Col. Charles Young.
 
QUILT APPRAISALS:            
Session One- 11 am – Noon
Session Two- 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  
         
Learn more about the history and possible value of your family heirloom quilts from Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, director of the Women of Color Quilters Network.  Mazloomi, who is the curator of Yours for Race and Country, has been at the forefront of educating the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles, and techniques among African American quilters.  She also mentors a younger generation of African Americans about their own history through the quilts the WCQN members create.
 
Programs are included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.  For more information, call NAAMCC at 800-752-2603 ext. 2113 or visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc


 

Join us for the opening of
The Art of SOUL! Juried Art Show

Meet the Artist Reception-Sept. 13 
Exhibit Opening & Awards Ceremony-Sept. 14

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is proud to present a new iteration of our annual juried art show entitled The Art of SOUL!, which opens Sat., Sept. 14, 2019 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, 1350 Brush Row Rd., Wilberforce, Ohio. This year's art show had a record-breaking 105 entries and will include over 80 pieces of art. The 2019 show will be judged by: 

  • Louis Delsarte is an African American artist known for what has sometimes been called his "illusionistic" style. He is a painter, muralist, printmaker, and illustrator. Mr. Delsarte’s painting Fallen Angel is being used for the 2019 Art of Soul! logo, which is in  the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s permanent art collection.
  • Myrtis Bedolla is founding director of Galerie Myrtis, a contemporary fine art gallery and art advisory located in Baltimore, Maryland. Voted, Best Gallery by the Baltimore Sun in 2017, Ms. Bedolla has also been featured in BMORE Art magazine, Issue 3, Living with Art: Myrtis Bedolla Builds a Home and Gallery in Old Goucher and in the Baltimore Style Magazine, October 2013 issue Women in the Arts, which honored women at the helm of the Baltimore art scene.
  • Key Jo Lee is the Assistant Director, Academic Outreach at The Cleveland Museum of Art. She has taught extensively both within traditional classrooms as well as in the museum setting. Ms. Lee has held positions at the Yale University Art Gallery as a Wurtele Gallery Teacher and as the Rose Herrick-Jackson Graduate Intern in American Painting and Sculpture.

NAAMCC will host a Meet the Artists reception and preview on Fri., September 13 from 5:30- 7:30 pm. On Sat., Sept. 14, 2019 at 11 am, The Art of SOUL! participants and winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony. The exhibit and program are included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.  For more information call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 or go to ohiohistory.org/naamcc
 


Join us for 400: An Afrikan Epic
Jazz Concert 
Sept. 20 at NAAMCC

Mark Lomax, II and The Urban Art Ensemble will tell the 400-year story of Black America through his original jazz composition 400: An Afrikan Epic. The Fri., Sept. 20 jazz concert will begin at 7:30 pm. 

“Four hundred years—1619, the first African Americans were brought to North America as slaves to 2019…there is something there…” explains Dr. Lomax. “400 is a celebration of strength, resilience, and beauty of black culture…period!”  400: An Afrikan Epic is divided into three parts. It explores thousands of years of the history
pre-colonial Afrika, the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and Afro-futurism, expressing a vision of what Blacks in America will head toward in the next 400 years; a healthy, high-functioning African diaspora.

Dr. Lomax is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. He is a Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University Artist Residency 2018 Award recipient. He is a highly sought-after lecturer who specializes in the sociopolitical and spiritual aspects of African American music. He uses the arts to build community and his ideas are documented in his TED Talk “Activating The Transformative Power of Trust.”  As a musician, he has toured with gospel choirs around the country and notable jazz artists such as the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet, Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis and Wessel Anderson.

Dr. Lomax will also host a free lecture and workshop that will be open to Central State University and other local college music students from 3:30 pm to 5 pm on September 19 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. “We appreciate Dr. Lomax’s wanting to share his creative process with CSU and other music students,” said Dr. Charles Wash, director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and History adjunct professor at CSU.
 
Tickets for 400: An Afrikan Epic will be $25 per person and $22.50 for Ohio History Connection/NAAMCC members. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available before the concert. Tickets will go on sale online Fri., August 2, 2019.  For more information, call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 or visit ohiohistory.org/NAAMCC to purchase your tickets on-line. 



Current Exhibits:


Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young-Now through August 17

African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory-Now through Sept. 2022

Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics-Now through 2022

What's in Your Attic? Selections from Our Permanent Collections-Now through 2022
 

Upcoming Events
Express Yourself Saturdays
Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 9                              2:30 pm
Join Cincinnati artist Talitha Sydnei'a to create unique art.  Program and art materials included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, and Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.  800.752.2603 or visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc


KAPOW!! Black Power in Comics Celebration                                  

Up, Up and Away!  Grab your superhero cape and head to Black Power in Comics Celebration 2019 on Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Meet African American comic book artists and writers whose work has filled the pages of Marvel, DC Comics, and other independent media.  Learn how African Americans have used self-publishing and grassroots efforts to bring their creative visions to life. The day will also feature workshops that will introduce comic creation to aspiring artists and writers. Vendors will be setup to sell comic books and other comic-themed items. You can also view our exhibit, Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics. 
 
Event and programs are included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.  For more information, call NAAMCC at 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 or visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc

 

NAAMCC News

Moratorium on Donation and Loan Requests Ends

The moratorium on research requests, donations and collection loans ended on January 1, 2019. Scholars and researchers can begin to contact our collections staff for assistance on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to begin the process. NAAMCC will now also consider new donations from the public this year based on our 2019 collection priorities:  

  • Black Comic Book Items
  • Ohio Living Artist's artwork
  • NAAMCC Traveling Exhibit Items
  • Women’s Suffrage Centennial

NAAMCC, like all museums, has a responsibility to maintain the highest possible standards of professional collections management practices. NAAMCC may consider other material of significant historical importance. All proposed donations will need to be approved by museum administration before they can be accepted. For more information, contact Linda Collins, NAAMCC collections manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.752.2603 ext. 2124.
 

Become a supporter of $30 for 30

 

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We are continuing to receive donations, so thank you to all of you who have supported us. 
 
We hope you will give $30 or more to the campaign and encourage your family and friends to join you in supporting our mission. Your donations will be used to support our educational programs, collections care, and facilities maintenance.
 
You can mail your $30 or more contribution to: 
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, P.O. Box 578
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-0578

 
or call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 to make a credit card donation by phone.  

 
 

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