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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.

AAAC Featured Artists

Diallo Javonne French

Documentary Filmmaker

Ed Dwight

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.

Click here to read more about the fellowship.

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.

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.

Click here to read more.

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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.


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

Cultured Expressions

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.

Click Here for More Educational Opportunities >>

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.


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