Friday, February 19, 2010

African American Art, Cultural, and Historic Venues: Selected Highlights

Over the past two years at least four new or renovated venues have been added to the list of African American art, cultural, or historic destinations. Visit and support these institutions, and share with me the names of others.  

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture exists to present, preserve and promote African American art, culture and history for the education and enlightenment of all. The Gantt Center held its official grand opening on October 24, 2009. The Center occupies 46,500-square-feet and is located in the heart of Charlotte's central business district in the area once occupied by the historic Brooklyn neighborhood, the once-thriving center of the Black community which was razed in the 1960's. Visit the Web site:

551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
704/ 547-3700

The African American Library at the Gregory School officially opened its doors on Saturday, November 14, 2009. “Located in the building that housed the first public school for African Americans in Houston, this historic building was reconditioned to serve as a repository for use by historians, researchers, and the general public. Through the Gregory School the Houston Public Library will provide an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories, and innovative programs to document the history of the African American experience in Houston and its surrounding areas.

Through this new research library, all residents of Houston, students and researchers, will be able to explore and learn about the contributions of African Americans to the development of the city of Houston in all areas of life, including the arts, education, business, and sports.” Visit the Web site: 
1300 Victor Street
Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward
Houston, Texas 77019
832/ 393-1440

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (AWC) is a world-class cultural center, housed in a 65,000-square-foot complex in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Center presents, interprets and preserves the art, culture, and history of African Americans in Pittsburgh and of people of African descent throughout the world. With exhibition galleries, a theater, an education center, a café and gift shop, and multipurpose spaces for community programs and events, the Center joins a select few African American cultural institutions presenting visual and performing arts, the humanities and educational programs in a state-of-the-art venue. The Center opened to the public in September 2009.
Learn more, follow this link:
980 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
412/ 258-2700

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) celebrated its opening day on March 8, 2008 at its home in the historic Colman School at 2300 Massachusetts St in Seattle, Washington. Through programs and exhibitions NAAM will focus on the history and traditions that people of African descent have established in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s 19,000 square foot floor plan includes four principal galleries. Explore the site:

2300 South Massachusetts Street 
Seattle, Washington 98144
206/ 518-6000

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for including me as one of the recipients of this material. It will be interesting to see how one can best meld the contributions of Black American artists into the fabric of American art. Larry Walker