Lynch Family Blues
Glenn North | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Poet and spoken word artist Glenn North reading his poem “Lynch Family Blues”, inspired by Joseph Hirsch’s Lynch Family.
The Lynch Family painting is a permanent exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Click here to view and learn more.
For more poetry, connect and engage with us on the AAAC Poetry page.
Mr. Dial Has Something to Say
Alabama Public Television
How America Invented Race | The History of White People in America
5 Questions with... Pierce Freelon, co-director of "The History of White People in America"
Thornton Dial was a self-taught artist that didn't begin his work until after his retirement from decades of building Pullman cars. His work was universally hailed as brilliant but he labored largely in obscurity for most of his art career. This award-winning film explores Dial's work along with the challenges and biases of a larger art world that wasn't ready for his innate genius.
The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans now known as Bacon’s Rebellion.
Pierce Freelon, co-director of "The History of White People in America," answers five questions from WGBH about life, memories, and what he can't live without.
AAAC Featured Artists
Diallo Javonne French
Aeronautical Engineer & Sculptor
Congratulations to Diallo Javonne French for being selected to the Better Angels/Lavine Fellowship. Diallo is a filmmaker and music photographer based in Kansas City. Kansas City Dreamin': Music in the Shadows is the short film that earned this prestigious opportunity for Diallo. The film is about the African American musical history of Kansas City. He is currently transitioning the short into a full-length film. The feature-length version will dive much deeper into the city's history, covering jazz, soul, and hip hop- exploring Kansas City's roll in the evolution of American music.
Ed Dwight (AAAC Advisor and master sculptor) joined the U.S. Air Force and became a test pilot. While serving, he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University. In 1961, the Kennedy administration selected Dwight for astronaut training.
Click here to learn more about the film, Chasing The Moon, including where to watch the full documentary.
Click here to learn more about Ed Dwight and the arts.
Get to Know Damron Armstrong
Theatre Community Fund of KC
Damron Armstrong has been a fixture in KC Theatre practices for a long time, now he is the Artistic Director of The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. Here Damron talks about growing up in KC, the impact of The Black Rep and what he hopes to see from other theatres in the near future!
Get to Know: Damron Armstrong - Theatre Community Fund of KC
Interview by Dick Walker
Jason Piggie, Silence Is Violence
Spiral Images Art Magazine will be published quarterly online. Spiral Images contains an assortment of content about the artists of the African American Artists Collective along with articles pertaining to a variety of art practices, including artist profiles, stories, scholarly articles, poems, and art essays.
Each publication will include the winner of the Spiral Image Art Magazine Feature Competition. The competition provides the opportunity for the artist with the highest number of votes to receive a full-page feature. Voters have the option to include a cash tip for the artists. 100% of tips are allocated to the artist.
To submit an artistic work, scholarly article, essay, or advertisement request, click here.
September/October 2020: Celebrating Black Excellence
June 2020: AAAC Celebrating Black Men in the Arts with Members and Friends
July 2020: Paying Homage to Civil Rights Leaders John Lewis & C.T. Vivian
Artist Virtual Workshops
Live Virtual Workshops are an opportunity for youth and adults to engage with the African American Artists Collective members, discuss works of art, and create artwork of their own. The workshop discussion will scale to the participants' age/grade level, and the art-making process will include materials sent by mail or adapt to the materials learners have available.
Virtual Quilting & Sewing Classes
Lisa Shepard Stewart
Treat yourself or a creative friend to an online class! Order a class with an option to add the required strip bundle for the Ankara String Quilt class, or the supply kit for the Fat Quarter Pocket Pouch class.
Take these classes from home with this on-demand format, which means- once you register, you can access it online anytime just by logging in.
For more details, watch the intro video then click here.
African American Quilt Books: Everything Started with A Needle & Thread
Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin
Contemporary Fabric Artist
When Sonié Ruffin was 4 years old her grandmother handed her a piece of fabric, needle, and thread and told her to go sew something. Little did Ruffin know that her childhood sewing assignment would change the course of her life.
Sonié Ruffin is known nationally for her quilt art. She uses African fabrics, bold colors, furniture, leaves, and teardrops to teach people about history, community, and survival. Ruffin is offering a series of virtual quilting workshops during the spring.
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