The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center Spring/Summer 2020

Spring/Early Summer 2020
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New Deadline & Schedule

2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show
Call for Artist Entries

UPDATE-The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) is extending the entry deadline to Saturday, June 20, 2020. The entry fees and the opening date have also changed for the 2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center will present its seventh annual juried art show-Art of Soul! This year, NAAMCC will collaborate with the King Arts Complex to host Art of Soul! in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibit will open on Saturday, September, 26, 2020, at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus. New this year, the art show participants and winners will be recognized at an Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony at the King Arts Complex on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Artists from across the United States are invited to submit their work to the national juried art exhibition in response to the theme of Impact. Applicants must submit a completed entry form along with their non-refundable entry fee (see Entry Fees & Payments below). Click here to download the entry form and submission guidelines.

All submissions should emphasize themes and perspectives related to the African diaspora or African American culture, history, or experience. NOTE: A panel of judges will review all entries. Details on submission guidelines and formats are included in the Call For Artists packet.

Entry Fees & Payments
Each applicant must submit a non-refundable entry fee of $25 for one (1) entry and $50 for up to three (3) entries. Payments can be made on-line using a credit or debit card. Other payment methods: NAAMCC will accept a money order or cashier’s check payable to the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Money order or cashier’s checks must be received within five calendar days of the entry form submission.

All entry applications and fees must be received by 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020. At that time, any entry application that is received without payment will be automatically disqualified. The deadline for submission is set and will not be extended under any circumstances.

Please review the updated Call for Artists document to see all new information. We are currently working from home, but you can send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will receive a response within 48 hours.

In Memoriam - Louis Delsarte
Sept. 1, 1944 – May 2, 2020

The staff and volunteers of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, former students, and mentees of artist and educator Louis Delsarte. We were honored to have Mr. Delsarte serve as a judge of our 2019 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show. He also allowed us to use the image of his seminal work, Fallen Angel, as the Art of Soul! logo. Fallen Angel is an integral part of NAAMCC’s extensive art collection.
We will honor Louis by dedicating our 2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show to him. He was a prolific and influential artist who shared his passion with audiences and artists from around the world. More details about our tribute to Louis will be available later this summer.
We thank his wife, Jea Delsarte, for all she did to support Louis during his 2019 visit to Wilberforce and for her love and dedication to Louis throughout their 30-year marriage.

A message from Dr. Charles Wash, NAAMCC Director

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, along with all of the historic sites and museums in the Ohio History Connection system, is currently closed based on Governor DeWine’s announcement on Thursday, March 12.
It was not an easy decision to close the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. However, we believe it is the right thing to do for public health and safety. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding and will keep you informed of any additional changes in operation as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues.

During this time of closure, there are many other ways for you to connect with us:

  • Our social media channels give you access to stories about Ohio’s heroes and important moments in our shared history. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also check these social media channels for updates on our reopening and fall 2020 exhibit schedule.
  • Online educational resources for adults and kids of all ages make learning from home easy and fun. See it all at
  • Ohio History Connection members get even more access to online programming and resources straight from our curators and subject experts. Learn about membership here at

As we plan for our reopening, we are committed to serving the needs of the public while taking precautionary steps on behalf of our visitors, staff, and the community. We will follow all guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and Governor DeWine. The NAAMCC staff is continuing to work from home until the Ohio History Connection receives further guidance from Governor DeWine about the reopening museums and other similar public institutions. For the latest information and updates about our COVID-19 response, visit

Upcoming 2020 Exhibits

Queens of the Heartland

Opening-To be announced

2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show

Opens Sept. 26, 2020 at the King Arts Complex, Columbus

NAAMCC call for materials and personal stories
documenting the COVID-19 pandemic


For over thirty years, the National
Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC), Wilberforce, Ohio has served the public through innovative programming, popular exhibitions, and the collection, preservation and presentation of African American History and culture. Our collections not only include a wide range of materials representing all aspects of America, but also specifically details that of Ohio. This includes modern events and our current national medical crisis should be no exception.

We know the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t discriminate: the virus infects the rich and poor, the healthy and unhealthy, every race and every ethnic group. However, researchers and historians are still trying to understand how it impacts people of diverse races and ethnicities differently. Data is still being collected, but it appears that African Americans and Latinos are contracting the disease and dying at a higher rate than other races. How do we explain this disparity? Is it truly socio-economic, cultural or are there other reasons that have yet to be explored?

In much the same way we now look to the Spanish Flu of 1918 for answers to the current pandemic, we need to document as much from today’s pandemic to better inform the public in the future. We want to hear from you. Do you have a story you’d like to share with us about your experience with COVID-19, either directly or indirectly? Are you a healthcare provider working with COVID-19 patients or otherwise on the front lines of dealing with the public? We want to capture your experience to document the local, regional, and statewide African American COVID-19 experience. Please help us document these events. You can reach out to us on our Facebook or Instagram pages or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Memoriam - Dr. Ames Chapman
December 7, 1919 - May 2, 2020

The staff and volunteers of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center extend our condolences to the family, friends, and former students of Dr. Ames Chapman. He was a beloved leader and mentor at Central State University (CSU). He served many roles during his long career as an educator, including the Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Director of the Division of Social sciences, Director of Branches, and Editor of the Journal of Human Relations.
Dr. Chapman was also a decorated World War II veteran. After the war, he earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of Central State University in 1947.
Dr. Chapman graciously shared his war experiences with us and our audiences through his oral history, which is a part of our exhibit, African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory. We join the Central State, Wilberforce, and Xenia communities in mourning his loss and celebrating his life-long accomplishments and leadership.


Become a supporter of $30 for 30 in 2020


For over 30 years, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is the place to learn about African American history and culture! We are not only a resource during Black History Month; we educate all audiences about the great achievements of Black Ohioans and national figures throughout the year.
We are continuing to receive donations during the COVID-19 health crisis, 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 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. 0 to make a credit card donation by phone.  

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