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.
AAAC Featured Artists
Diallo Javonne French
Aeronautical Engineer & Sculptor
Kansas City Art Institute Feature
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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.
The Kansas City Art Institute opened its new gallery with an exhibit featuring Black artists.
"Revolution in Our Lifetime: An Exhibition in Three Parts" will feature works by Emory Douglas, the African American Artists Collective and KCAI students, according to Michael Schonhoff, director of the KCAI gallery.
Emory Douglas is a graphic artist who once served as the minister of culture for the Black Panther Party. His posters helped define the look of the social justice movement in the 1970s. In addition to his work being on display, Douglas will hold a workshop with KCAI students, whose work will be part of the exhibition later this year.
Spiral Images Art Magazine
Jason Piggie, Silence Is Violence
AAAC Spiral Images Art Magazine: Coming January 2020
Starting January 2020- 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.
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.
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.
Registration Opens in January
Engage & Connect
The AAAC has become a place for artists and the public to engage and connect. Follow the links at the top of the website to view the performing and visual art genres. Each genre includes an ongoing call for submissions dedicated to the phenomenal work of African American artists. If you, or someone you know, have an event, location, or artistic work in one of these genres, please share your talent and information with us.
Those who are interested in learning more and engaging with artists and enthusiasts, return to the top of this page and select a performing or visual arts genre to get started. We highly encourage K-12 and college educators to publish student work on the genre pages as well.
NEW Winter Virtual Exhibition: Introducing Juliette Hemingway' Autism and Jazz
Digital Artist | Denver Based AAAC Member
“The marks are me taking my life, growth and expansion and making it visible. You are experiencing the visual dialogue of a life revolving around healing, autism and awareness. I want you to see it and feel it.”
The exhibition’s focus is on Autism and jazz music. As a parent to a child diagnosed with Autism, Juliette chose early on to use visual and musical art as vehicles to education and enhance her son’s ability to grow and function in a world that often times opposes people with special requirements.
Each quarter, AAAC features a new interactive art exhibition. To experience jazz, explore the work of Juliette Hemingway, and contribute to our new collection- click here.