Welcome to the AAAC learning community! Members and visitors join here to share African American art and Black history from around the world.​ We welcome all visitors to contribute to the map and timeline below. Submissions are approved as soon as possible.

Virtual Workshops  |  Map of Black Art  |  Timeline of Black Art History

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 students 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, click here.

Sonie Ruffin photo taken by Jerry Talife

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. 

Map & Timeline of Black Arts

Welcome to the AAAC learning community where artists join to share little known Black history from around the world. To join us in sharing historical events, simply click the pink plus icon on the map below to submit information and artwork according to the artist's location. When possible, please include the era or year the artist or arts location was active- for those that are currently active, include the current year and additional details for those who may want to be connected. Use the plus and minus sign at the bottom of the map to zoom in and out for locations around the world. You may also add to the timeline under the map by clicking any of the plus signs between entries.




Online Arts Education Courses Coming Soon.