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The Nelson-Atkins 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.

The link above is for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. For AAAC events and educational program are included below. 

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

He is our father. Our brother. Our husband. Our son. He is our friend. It is critical to shed light on the real hurdles faced by many in the Black community. Far too often, the hurdles are portrayed in a single narrative- misrepresenting Black men as a whole.  Join the women of the African American Artists Collective (AAAC) as we learn more from the men of AAAC and beyond in a discussion about society’s moral compass, propaganda, and ensuring a more accurate representation of Black men and boys. 

Advance Registration for Educational Organizations and Community Partners Available Online (See Schedule Below)

Testimony- Misrepresentation Trailer- Audio OnlyAAAC
00:00 / 02:49

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