Testimony: African American Artists Collective





Nelson Atkin Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street | Kansas City | MO


Testimony: African American Artists Collective

Expressed through a range of media and amplified by the artists’ own words, the testimonies offered by the Kansas-City based African American Artists Collective in this exhibition are diverse in style and theme. This collaboration between the AAAC and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art embodies the reciprocal powers of authentically speaking one’s truth and being called to stand in witness. Together, this work of telling and receiving truths lays the foundation for community.

The AAAC grew from a 2014 gathering of local artists around a table at Gates Bar-B-Q on Main Street. Since then, the AAAC has been committed to increasing the visibility of African American and Black artists throughout Kansas City and beyond. With a roster of more than 150 members, the AAAC advances professional development, builds networks, provides mentorship, and engages in social justice.

Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Generous support provided by Paul DeBruce and Linda Woodsmall-DeBruce, the Rheta Sosland Endowment Fund, Dr. Douglas L. and Dana H. Nelson, the Jacques & Natasha Gelman Foundation, and Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Media Partner: The Independent

Pair the in-person exhibit with the virtual continuation featuring members of the African American Artists Collective. Read Artist Bios

AAAC Educational Programming: Featured Series

Testimony: The Misrepresentation of Black Men and Boys

A 10-Month Discussion Series Dedicated to Information, Respect, and Progress

Join In A Discussion About Society’s Moral Compass, Propaganda, And A More Accurate Representation of Black Men and Boys

Full AAAC community and educational programming details will be announced on June 19, 2021

Advance Registration Available Online (See Below)


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