Association of African American Museums

Association of African American Museums A non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focus museums. Visit our website at www.blackmuseums.org.

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture. Established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum mov

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture. Established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum mov

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AAAM Is Awarded $500,000 From the Lilly Endowment to Advance the Visibility, Power, and Impact of Black MuseumsMEDIA REL...
09/15/2021

AAAM Is Awarded $500,000 From the Lilly Endowment to Advance the Visibility, Power, and Impact of Black Museums

MEDIA RELEASE: September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of African American Museums (“AAAM”) is pleased to announce that a new grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will help advance large-scale projects that support Black museums in adapting and preparing for a stronger future. The $500,000 grant to AAAM will support the expansion of national operations and help build capacity across the field of museums in the elevation and preservation of African American art, history, and culture.

“Our institutions need support in various capacities. As, the principal voice for African American museums, this collaboration allows us to continue our mission of providing support to the field,” says, Executive Director, Vedet Coleman-Robinson.

“We cannot underestimate the lasting impact of Lilly Endowment’s support for the Black Museum field,” said AAAM President, LaNesha DeBardelaben.

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

AAAM Is Awarded $500,000 From the Lilly Endowment to Advance the Visibility, Power, and Impact of Black Museums

MEDIA RELEASE: September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of African American Museums (“AAAM”) is pleased to announce that a new grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will help advance large-scale projects that support Black museums in adapting and preparing for a stronger future. The $500,000 grant to AAAM will support the expansion of national operations and help build capacity across the field of museums in the elevation and preservation of African American art, history, and culture.

“Our institutions need support in various capacities. As, the principal voice for African American museums, this collaboration allows us to continue our mission of providing support to the field,” says, Executive Director, Vedet Coleman-Robinson.

“We cannot underestimate the lasting impact of Lilly Endowment’s support for the Black Museum field,” said AAAM President, LaNesha DeBardelaben.

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

The AAAM office team and many of our members will be attending this phenomenal webinar.  Please consider joining. "IMLS ...
09/14/2021

The AAAM office team and many of our members will be attending this phenomenal webinar. Please consider joining.

"IMLS Director Crosby Kemper will welcome the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie G. Bunch III, to discuss the depth and diversity of American stories, what being a custodian of cultural heritage means today, and how museums and libraries can help strengthen the fabric of our communities at a critical point in the nation’s history."

Register Here:

https://www.imls.gov/events/conversations-crosby-smithsonian-secretary-lonnie-bunch-american-heritage-culture

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

The AAAM office team and many of our members will be attending this phenomenal webinar. Please consider joining.

"IMLS Director Crosby Kemper will welcome the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie G. Bunch III, to discuss the depth and diversity of American stories, what being a custodian of cultural heritage means today, and how museums and libraries can help strengthen the fabric of our communities at a critical point in the nation’s history."

Register Here:

https://www.imls.gov/events/conversations-crosby-smithsonian-secretary-lonnie-bunch-american-heritage-culture

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

🚨2021…The Year When AAAM Set a Membership Record of 1,002🚨Since its founding in 1978, AAAM has achieved the highest rate...
09/13/2021

🚨2021…The Year When AAAM Set a Membership Record of 1,002🚨

Since its founding in 1978, AAAM has achieved the highest rate of growth in its history - that being, 189%.

A 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant recipient, and wasting no time following the appointment of Vedet Coleman-Robinson as Executive Director with 347 members, the upward trajectory and profile elevation of AAAM ensures it will never be the same.

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM #Museums

Learn More About AAAM Membership Here:
https://blackmuseums.org/join-us/

🚨2021…The Year When AAAM Set a Membership Record of 1,002🚨

Since its founding in 1978, AAAM has achieved the highest rate of growth in its history - that being, 189%.

A 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant recipient, and wasting no time following the appointment of Vedet Coleman-Robinson as Executive Director with 347 members, the upward trajectory and profile elevation of AAAM ensures it will never be the same.

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM #Museums

Learn More About AAAM Membership Here:
https://blackmuseums.org/join-us/

Congratulations to our AAAM Member, Dr. Lopez Matthews, Jr. on receiving the ASALH Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award.  D...
09/13/2021

Congratulations to our AAAM Member, Dr. Lopez Matthews, Jr. on receiving the ASALH Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award. Dr. Matthews has supported AAAM for several years and most recently assisted with AAAM2021 Planning.
ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

Congratulations to our AAAM Member, Dr. Lopez Matthews, Jr. on receiving the ASALH Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award. Dr. Matthews has supported AAAM for several years and most recently assisted with AAAM2021 Planning.
ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

It’s amazing to see our AAAM Members doing such amazing things.  In a recent interview, Dr. Ida Jones, Morgan State Univ...
09/10/2021

It’s amazing to see our AAAM Members doing such amazing things.

In a recent interview, Dr. Ida Jones, Morgan State University Archivist and AAAM Lifetime Member, had this to say about the legacy of HBCUs:

"They tell you a layered history of story and help us conceptualize how people were living. The institutions have been here for 150 years plus years. Most of us, and therefore, have a gathering of materials for over 100 years, so we have taken our efforts to agency for ourselves.”

#BlackMuseums #BlackArchives #WeAreAAAM #HBCU #MorganState

Read More Here:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/morgan-state-university-to-preserve-its-history-to-share-with-community/37532842?fbclid=IwAR3NwSlYAoKxub1v2mj7wtzNZt8qyFYWk57DLx0afwkv2XpwnIepcsTI8hw#

It’s amazing to see our AAAM Members doing such amazing things.

In a recent interview, Dr. Ida Jones, Morgan State University Archivist and AAAM Lifetime Member, had this to say about the legacy of HBCUs:

"They tell you a layered history of story and help us conceptualize how people were living. The institutions have been here for 150 years plus years. Most of us, and therefore, have a gathering of materials for over 100 years, so we have taken our efforts to agency for ourselves.”

#BlackMuseums #BlackArchives #WeAreAAAM #HBCU #MorganState

Read More Here:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/morgan-state-university-to-preserve-its-history-to-share-with-community/37532842?fbclid=IwAR3NwSlYAoKxub1v2mj7wtzNZt8qyFYWk57DLx0afwkv2XpwnIepcsTI8hw#

We’re pleased to share that our AAAM Board Member, Dr. Ashley Jordan, had been named the new president of the African Am...
09/09/2021

We’re pleased to share that our AAAM Board Member, Dr. Ashley Jordan, had been named the new president of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAAM Institutional Member). We are beyond excited for Dr. Jordan and know she will do phenomenally well leading one of our AAAM Pillar Museums!

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/african-american-museum-philadelphia-new-president-20210908.html?outputType=amp

#BlackMuseums #WeAreAAAM #BlackMuseumsMatter #Philly #Philadelphia

We’re pleased to share that our AAAM Board Member, Dr. Ashley Jordan, had been named the new president of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAAM Institutional Member). We are beyond excited for Dr. Jordan and know she will do phenomenally well leading one of our AAAM Pillar Museums!

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/african-american-museum-philadelphia-new-president-20210908.html?outputType=amp

#BlackMuseums #WeAreAAAM #BlackMuseumsMatter #Philly #Philadelphia

Congratulations to our AAAM Institutional Member, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American Histor...
09/09/2021

Congratulations to our AAAM Institutional Member, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s amazing exhibition, "Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience."

Director Kevin Young told the post, “Our fifth anniversary is a chance to look back, look ahead and look around, a chance to honor the moment we are in."

In addition, the following was stated by Dr. Tuliza Fleming, NMAAHC’s curator of American art and interim chief curator of visual arts

“Both Harriet Tubman and Breonna Taylor are faces of movements. The placement of the two works allows the curators “to really bring up the importance of women in the movement. Sometimes, when you are dealing with social justice issues, women get lost in that.”

Read More Here:

https://lnkd.in/eTXQ6fJP
#BlackMuseums #WeAreAAAM #BlackMuseumsMatter #Smithsonian #NMAAHC #BreonnaTaylor #HarrietTubman

Congratulations to our AAAM Institutional Member, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s amazing exhibition, "Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience."

Director Kevin Young told the post, “Our fifth anniversary is a chance to look back, look ahead and look around, a chance to honor the moment we are in."

In addition, the following was stated by Dr. Tuliza Fleming, NMAAHC’s curator of American art and interim chief curator of visual arts

“Both Harriet Tubman and Breonna Taylor are faces of movements. The placement of the two works allows the curators “to really bring up the importance of women in the movement. Sometimes, when you are dealing with social justice issues, women get lost in that.”

Read More Here:

https://lnkd.in/eTXQ6fJP
#BlackMuseums #WeAreAAAM #BlackMuseumsMatter #Smithsonian #NMAAHC #BreonnaTaylor #HarrietTubman

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09/04/2021

Please donate if you can.

Don’t forget to register today!  We’re so proud of what our partners have planned for their 106th Annual Meeting. ASALH:...
09/03/2021

Don’t forget to register today! We’re so proud of what our partners have planned for their 106th Annual Meeting. ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History is THRILLED to celebrate #THEBLACKFAMILY: Representation, Identity, & Diversity, as we present Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with our Inaugural Luminary Award during this year's Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference!!!

With an address by Award-winning artist & philanthropist, John Legend, we'll also be joined by Award-winning actor & Health Awareness Advocate, S. Epatha Merkeson. Both alumni of the highly-acclaimed Finding Your Roots !

Register TODAY to watch this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and help us honor the work and legacy of one of America's foremost scholars!!!
asalh.org/conference

#ASALH #ASALH2021 #ASALHFAMILY #BLACKFAMILIESMATTER #HENRYLOUISGATESJR #JOHNLEGEND #SEPATHAMERKERSON #FINDINGYOURROOTS

We received word from our AAAM Institutional Member, Whitney Plantation, that due to Hurricane Ida they will need to clo...
09/03/2021

We received word from our AAAM Institutional Member, Whitney Plantation, that due to Hurricane Ida they will need to close indefinitely as there was severe damage.

Below, please take a moment to read a post made by WP’s Executive Director, Ashley Rogers and consider donating to their cause to rebuild and restore this incredible site.

“I'm sad to share that Whitney Plantation has sustained significant damage due to Hurricane #Ida. We are still assessing the extent of the damage, but it is certain that we have lost some structures. Thankfully, two original slave cabins as well as the 1790 Big House, 1790 barn, and 19th century kitchen survived.

Whitney will be closed indefinitely; we do not know when it will be safe to reopen.

We are continuing to pay our staff during the closure and have extended additional funds to them to help with the costs of evacuation. Many parts of Southeast Louisiana will be without power for weeks.

If you can, please consider donating to help us with the costs of paying our staff and making necessary repairs and ongoing preservation work.”

DONATE HERE:
https://lnkd.in/dY7nGYuF

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

We received word from our AAAM Institutional Member, Whitney Plantation, that due to Hurricane Ida they will need to close indefinitely as there was severe damage.

Below, please take a moment to read a post made by WP’s Executive Director, Ashley Rogers and consider donating to their cause to rebuild and restore this incredible site.

“I'm sad to share that Whitney Plantation has sustained significant damage due to Hurricane #Ida. We are still assessing the extent of the damage, but it is certain that we have lost some structures. Thankfully, two original slave cabins as well as the 1790 Big House, 1790 barn, and 19th century kitchen survived.

Whitney will be closed indefinitely; we do not know when it will be safe to reopen.

We are continuing to pay our staff during the closure and have extended additional funds to them to help with the costs of evacuation. Many parts of Southeast Louisiana will be without power for weeks.

If you can, please consider donating to help us with the costs of paying our staff and making necessary repairs and ongoing preservation work.”

DONATE HERE:
https://lnkd.in/dY7nGYuF

#BlackMuseums #BlackMuseumsMatter #WeAreAAAM

Join our partners, ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History for their 106th Annual Meeting....
09/03/2021

Join our partners, ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History for their 106th Annual Meeting. Many of our AAAM members will present during the conference. Let's support.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 106TH ANNUAL MEETING & VIRTUAL CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!

General Registration
Member Fee: $75.00
Non-Member Fee: $155.00

Senior Registration (65 and over)
Member Fee: $55.00
Non-Member Fee: $110.00

Student Registration
Member Fee: $35.00
Non-Member Fee: $80.00

https://asalh.org/conference/

#ASALH #ASALH2021 #THEBLACKFAMILY #ASALHFAMILY #BLACKHISTORY #CARTERGWOODSON

Dear AAAM Members & Supporters:The AAAM Office is closing for the remainder of the day and will reopen on September 8th,...
09/01/2021

Dear AAAM Members & Supporters:

The AAAM Office is closing for the remainder of the day and will reopen on September 8th, 2021. We will use this time to unplug, unwind, and recharge.

Thank you for your unwavering support of AAAM. We look forward to continuing our excellent service to you upon our return.

~The AAAM Team

#BlackMuseums #HealthAndWellness #BlackMuseumsMatter #BlackHealthMatters #Museums Black Health Matters

Dear AAAM Members & Supporters:

The AAAM Office is closing for the remainder of the day and will reopen on September 8th, 2021. We will use this time to unplug, unwind, and recharge.

Thank you for your unwavering support of AAAM. We look forward to continuing our excellent service to you upon our return.

~The AAAM Team

#BlackMuseums #HealthAndWellness #BlackMuseumsMatter #BlackHealthMatters #Museums Black Health Matters

Congratulations to our AAAM members as well as all of the awardees! “The National Park Service (NPS) announced $9.7 mill...
08/31/2021

Congratulations to our AAAM members as well as all of the awardees!

“The National Park Service (NPS) announced $9.7 million in grants to assist 20 preservation projects for historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 10 states.”

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/hbcu-grants-2021.htm

#BlackMuseums #HBCU #NPS #STLPG

Congratulations to our AAAM members as well as all of the awardees!

“The National Park Service (NPS) announced $9.7 million in grants to assist 20 preservation projects for historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 10 states.”

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/hbcu-grants-2021.htm

#BlackMuseums #HBCU #NPS #STLPG

08/30/2021
This September, the Smithsonian is hosting an Educator's Day. This free, all-day virtual event will bring together teach...
08/30/2021

This September, the Smithsonian is hosting an Educator's Day. This free, all-day virtual event will bring together teachers and museum educators to explore opportunities to collaborate, learn from each other, and discuss the future of education. Interested? Register & learn more here: https://lnkd.in/eSnfggCG
#education #smithsonian #educators #BlackMuseums

This September, the Smithsonian is hosting an Educator's Day. This free, all-day virtual event will bring together teachers and museum educators to explore opportunities to collaborate, learn from each other, and discuss the future of education. Interested? Register & learn more here: https://lnkd.in/eSnfggCG
#education #smithsonian #educators #BlackMuseums

Final week to apply! The application window for Round One of #CommunitiesforImmunity closes 9/2.  If your organization c...
08/30/2021

Final week to apply! The application window for Round One of #CommunitiesforImmunity closes 9/2. If your organization can help build vaccine confidence in your community, apply for funding at communitiesforimmunity.org

#BlackMuseums #Museums #BlackMuseumsMatter

Final week to apply! The application window for Round One of #CommunitiesforImmunity closes 9/2. If your organization can help build vaccine confidence in your community, apply for funding at communitiesforimmunity.org

#BlackMuseums #Museums #BlackMuseumsMatter

We’d like to congratulate our AAAM Member, Dr. Ashley Robertson-Preston on the recent announcement of becoming Assistant...
08/30/2021

We’d like to congratulate our AAAM Member, Dr. Ashley Robertson-Preston on the recent announcement of becoming Assistant Professor at Howard University ‘s History Department.

We’re extremely excited for you Dr. Roberston-Preston!

Learn More About Dr. Robertson-Preston and Howard University’s History Department Here:

https://history.howard.edu/faculty

#BlackMuseums #HowardUniversity #HU #WashingtonDC #HBCU

We’d like to congratulate our AAAM Member, Dr. Ashley Robertson-Preston on the recent announcement of becoming Assistant Professor at Howard University ‘s History Department.

We’re extremely excited for you Dr. Roberston-Preston!

Learn More About Dr. Robertson-Preston and Howard University’s History Department Here:

https://history.howard.edu/faculty

#BlackMuseums #HowardUniversity #HU #WashingtonDC #HBCU

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