TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum

TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the African American experience relevant and re We welcome your enthusiasm.
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The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the African American experience relevant and resonant to every Kansan. From an annual MLK Celebration to A Tribute to Trailblazers, we offer something for everyone. Once a month we host a program for seniors called “Senior Wednesday.” The program is typically tied to current exhibits. These days, designed for active seniors in our community, and

are a great way to involve them in our history programming. There are great opportunities to volunteer at TKAAM, from a few hours a week to special events. "Soar Saturdays” provides fun and educational opportunities for the entire family, on the first through the fourth Saturday of each month.

Get Your MLK 2024 Buttons!MLK “Igniting the Dream” Buttons are now available for purchase in the TKAAM gift shop for onl...
01/07/2024

Get Your MLK 2024 Buttons!

MLK “Igniting the Dream” Buttons are now available for purchase in the TKAAM gift shop for only $5!

Tune in for the 2024 MLK "Igniting the Dream" Program, a virtual conversation with Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan - CEO/President ...
01/07/2024

Tune in for the 2024 MLK "Igniting the Dream" Program, a virtual conversation with Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan - CEO/President of the Kansas Leadership Center and Brad Richards - Education Manager of The Kansas African American Museum.

The goal of this conversation is to provide different levels of perspective as we explore the legacy of Martin Luther King and what can be done to ignite passion in communities to further Martin Luther King’s dream.

Watch the conversation on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, January 14th, 2024, at 5 pm!

Tune in for the 2024 MLK “Igniting the Dream” Program, a virtual conversation with Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan - CEO/President ...
01/07/2024

Tune in for the 2024 MLK “Igniting the Dream” Program, a virtual conversation with Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan - CEO/President of the Kansas Leadership Center and Brad Richards - Education Manager of The Kansas African American Museum.

The goal of this conversation is to provide different levels of perspective as we explore the legacy of Martin Luther King and what can be done to ignite passion in communities to further Martin Luther King’s dream.

Watch the conversation on Facebook and YouTube on
Sunday, January 14th, 2024, at 5 pm!

We’ve enjoyed recognizing each day of Kwanzaa here at the Kansas African American Museum!Today is the seventh and last d...
01/01/2024

We’ve enjoyed recognizing each day of Kwanzaa here at the Kansas African American Museum!

Today is the seventh and last day of Kwanzaa. On the final day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Imani (ee-MAH-nee), the principle of faith! Our faith is a pillar in the African American community that keeps us all grounded. Today, we celebrate faith in God and ourselves.

Happy Kwanzaa to you and your family!

Happy New Year’s eve and Happy Kwanzaa! The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to learn more about this week-...
12/31/2023

Happy New Year’s eve and Happy Kwanzaa!

The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to learn more about this week-long holiday as we continue to highlight the principles of Kwanzaa.

Today, on the sixth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah), the principle of creativity! We celebrate how creativity can build a strong community.

Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying Kwanzaa this week and learning more about this week-long holiday honoring African Americ...
12/30/2023

Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying Kwanzaa this week and learning more about this week-long holiday honoring African American history and culture.

It’s the fifth day of Kwanzaa, and we’re celebrating Nia (NEE-ah), the principle of purpose. Reflect on your purpose and how that impacts your community.

Happy Kwanzaa!The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and learn more about this week-long...
12/29/2023

Happy Kwanzaa!

The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and learn more about this week-long holiday honoring African American history and culture!

Today is Kwanzaa’s fourth day, and we are celebrating Ujima (oo-JAH-mah), the principle of cooperative economics! Make sure to support a Black Business today!

Habari gani? Are you celebrating Kwanzaa?The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and lear...
12/28/2023

Habari gani? Are you celebrating Kwanzaa?

The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and learn more about this week-long holiday honoring African American history and culture!

Today is day three of Kwanzaa and we are celebrating Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), the principle of collective work and responsibility! During this day, celebrate Ujima by finding a project you and your loved ones can work on together.

Stay posted to our social media pages as we acknowledge each principle of Kwanzaa this week!

The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and learn more about this week-long holiday honor...
12/27/2023

The Kansas African American Museum encourages you to celebrate Kwanzaa and learn more about this week-long holiday honoring African American history and culture!

It’s the second day of Kwanzaa when we celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia (pronounced Koo-jee-Chah-GOO-lee-ah) or self-determination. Kujichagulia encourages us to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Stay posted to our social media pages as we acknowledge each principle of Kwanzaa this week!

Earlier this week we hosted 5th grade students from both Adams Elementary and Clark Cougars USD 259 in partnership with ...
12/15/2023

Earlier this week we hosted 5th grade students from both Adams Elementary and Clark Cougars USD 259 in partnership with Arts Partners Wichita!

These students spent the morning engaging in interactive activities from our Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness program and learning about the significance of the holiday of Kwanzaa and its principles.

Thank you all for your time at TKAAM!

Today we had the opportunity to host students from Gordon Parks Academy STEM Leaders in Applied and Media Arts in partne...
12/08/2023

Today we had the opportunity to host students from Gordon Parks Academy STEM Leaders in Applied and Media Arts in partnership with Arts Partners Wichita! We had a fun time presenting to and engaging students in activities that allow them to learn more about Kwanzaa, Kansas African American history, and explore the changes they want to see in their communities.

Thank you Gordon Parks Academy, Wichita Public Schools, and Arts Partners for allowing us engage with these amazing students. We look forward to future collaborations!

Click the link below to learn how to schedule your educational experience with TKAAM today!

https://www.tkaamuseum.org/education

Thank you Griffith Elementary and Arts Partners Wichita for bringing these 5th grade students to TKAAM! We had a great t...
12/07/2023

Thank you Griffith Elementary and Arts Partners Wichita for bringing these 5th grade students to TKAAM! We had a great time learning about Kwanzaa and Adinkra Symbols!

12/01/2023

We at The Kansas African American Museum are pleased to announce that the official launch of our Education Department’s Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness Program will be coming in 2024! In an effort to gather feedback to improve this program, we will be facilitating a piloted version of the program through the rest of 2023.

Adinkrahene Program: Journey to Greatness is a 4 session program that provides up to 8 hours of cultural enrichment programming for students grades 4th - 8th. Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness Program provides a framework to assess individual greatness through exposure to cultural enrichment through African/African American art, history, language, music, and economics. The goal of this program is to empower students to elevate cultural awareness, understanding, research ability, and appreciation of the significant contributions of Africans and African Americans.

This program is supported by the United Way of the Plains 2023 Promise on the Plains Grant and Evergy! Thank you for your continued support!

Click the link in our bio or contact [email protected] for more information about the Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness program and how to schedule your educational experience today!

Thank you to all who came to our Senior Wednesday program! We had a blast learning from our guest speaker Dr. Daisy Kaba...
11/29/2023

Thank you to all who came to our Senior Wednesday program! We had a blast learning from our guest speaker Dr. Daisy Kabagarama. We look forward to having you back at TKAAM! Stay tuned for our next Senior Wednesday program happening in January 2024!

Join us at TKAAM as will be featuring Dr. Daisy Kabagarama in our Senior Wednesday program! Dr. Kabagarma will be provid...
11/25/2023

Join us at TKAAM as will be featuring Dr. Daisy Kabagarama in our Senior Wednesday program!

Dr. Kabagarma will be providing an insightful presentation about the complex and triumphant journey of the African people from her book ”Where Did My People Go?: Grandmother’s Story”! Books will be available for purchase following the program.

🗓️: Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
🕰️: 10AM-11:30AM
📍: 601 N Water St, Wichita, KS

11/17/2023

𝐑𝐚𝐝𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐲 (𝟏𝟗𝟔𝟖-𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑)

Earlier this week, the world lost trailblazing multidisciplinary, mixed-media artist, Radcliffe Bailey, whose extensive body of work explores African diasporic histories and identities, with intimate, richly textured assemblages, sculptures, and installations. The Ulrich exhibited 𝘙𝘢𝘥𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘺: 𝘑𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘦𝘨, October 20 - December 15, 1996, and brought the then-emerging artist to Wichita for a gallery talk and visit. In 2002, the Ulrich, in partnership with TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum, commissioned a piece from Bailey, which was to be a tribute to local African American history and contributions. Bailey returned to Wichita to research our city and its communities, and in October 2002, the resulting 𝘌𝘹𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘴, made of acrylic paint, resin, clay, wood, photograph, and collage, was unveiled formally at TKAAM.

The photograph in the center, reproduced from TKAAM archives, depicts members of the Wichita YMCA Orchestra and Glee Club. Surrounding the central image, a network of lines, representing roots or branches, is intertwined with shapes, words, numbers, dates, and symbols significant to the African-American experience, as well as to the artist's private iconography. The brown pigment used is red Georgia clay.

𝘌𝘹𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘴 refers to the Exodus of 1879, in which thousands of African-Americans fled oppression in the South to settle in states further West, such as Kansas. Bailey's piece memorializes a very long history of hardships and is a loving tribute to communal resilience in the face of unimaginable odds.

Radcliffe Bailey, 𝘌𝘹𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘴, 2002, mixed media, 80 1/4 x 80 x 4 in. Museum Commission by exchange of the Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Joseph Floch.

Over the weekend TKAAM celebrated our 2023 Trailblazer Hall of Fame Inductees! Congratulations to our 2023 honorees and ...
11/13/2023

Over the weekend TKAAM celebrated our 2023 Trailblazer Hall of Fame Inductees! Congratulations to our 2023 honorees and thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch the live broadcast of our 2023 Tribute to Trailblazers Hall of Fame documentary! Thank you to all of our sponsors. We appreciate your continued support of our efforts at TKAAM!

In case you missed it, click the link in our bio to watch the 2023 Tribute to Trailblazer documentary on demand!

11/10/2023

🥳 Congratulations to all of the 2023 Trailblazers Honorees! Special thanks to our Exhibition sponsors for making it possible for us to celebrate such worthy pioneers!

2023 Exhibition Sponsors:
INTRUST Bank
Cargill
Foulston Siefkin LLP
WSU Tech
Bank of America
Credit Union of America
Lexus of Wichita
Golden Plains Credit Union
Kansas Health Foundation
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Davis-Moore Auto Group

📢 The 2023 Trailblazers Broadcast and Streaming Event happens TONIGHT! Not sure how to tune in? Find out the best way yo...
11/10/2023

📢 The 2023 Trailblazers Broadcast and Streaming Event happens TONIGHT! Not sure how to tune in? Find out the best way you and your loved ones can join the celebration!

Will you be watching the Trailblazers Hall of Fame Tonight?

11/09/2023

📣🎊Only 2 days until the Trailblazers Hall of Fame Broadcast Event!

Special thanks to our 2023 Heritage Sponsor, Meritrust Credit Union for supporting this year's broadcast event!

Check your local listing, grab your friends and family, and tune in this Friday, November 10th!

📣🎊The 2023 Trailblazers Hall of Fame Honors some of the most impactful members from the great state of Kansas! Check out...
11/08/2023

📣🎊The 2023 Trailblazers Hall of Fame Honors some of the most impactful members from the great state of Kansas! Check out a full listing of this year's honorees. Special thanks to our 2023 Honorees Sponsors, Evergy and Dow for supporting this year's broadcast event!

📣🎊 The Trailblazers Hall of Fame Broadcast airs this Friday, November 10th at 7pm on the CW Channel 33! Check your local...
11/06/2023

📣🎊 The Trailblazers Hall of Fame Broadcast airs this Friday, November 10th at 7pm on the CW Channel 33! Check your local listings for more air times and channels to watch or Stream the Hall of Fame at www.tkaamuseum.org/trailblazers.

Congratulations to all of our 2023 Honorees from our Hall of Fame Presenting Sponsor, Robert Brogden's Automotive!

For more than two decades, The Kansas African American Museum has honored pioneers who helped shape the Kansas African A...
11/03/2023

For more than two decades, The Kansas African American Museum has honored pioneers who helped shape the Kansas African American experience through an exhibit and awards ceremony titled Trailblazers.

Now, TKAAM recognizes the perseverance and achievements of these leaders at its dazzling Broadcast and Streaming event, A Tribute to Trailblazers. Each year this event proudly honors a new class of inductees into an esteemed, established “Hall of Fame.”

Tune into the Wichita broadcast next Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm on the CW Channel 33 or stream the Hall of Fame at TKAAMuseum.org/trailblazers as we honor our 2023 Trailblazers!

10/29/2023

Rounding out TKAAM’s 2023 Trailblazer honorees, is our Civic and Law Trailblazer, The Honorable Gwynne E. Birzer, the sixth United States Magistrate Judge sitting in Wichita, Kansas.

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Trailblazers Hall of Fame Broadcast on November 10th!

🎧🎤 Music: Move On It x Paris Jane (Paris Jane Nicole Cunningham)

10/27/2023

TKAAM's 2023 Music Trailblazer Award goes to legendary songwriter and producer, Brian Alexander Morgan! Brian has written and produced hits for several artists, most notably, the R&B girl group, SWV.

Look out for our final 2023 Trailblazers honoree!
🎧🎤 Music: Throw it-Nef X Brian Alexander Morgan (Instrumental)

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601 N Water Street
Wichita, KS
67203

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

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