AAAM Conference 2011

Awards luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011

FAMU reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

John G. Riley House & Museum reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

Keynote Luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011



Register Now for the 2014 Annual Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2014 AAAM Annual Conference to be held August 6-9, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit the 2014 Conference website to register and to reserve your rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

River Road African American Museum Celebrates 20 Years

The River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville (LA) turns 20 this year, and they need help. The museum is trying to raise funds to keep the exhibit going.

It’s all a part of its celebration they call ‘Ovation.’ It culminates with performances by a number of grammy winners at the Shaw Center later this month.

River road is one of the few African American museums that collects buildings. Organizers say donations will help keep that tradition, and others like it, going.

Executive Director, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson said, “It’s just very important. This is a very important part of Louisiana history. It’s not just African American History. We’ve been here twenty years, we’re looking forward to our long range plan for the next twenty years.

That program is on Sunday, March 23rd. The reception begins at 3:00 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30 p.m. If you’d like to donate, or would like tickets, visit

Contact Kathe Hambrick Jackson at or call 225-474-5553.



Panel Readers Needed for USDE International Programs

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office in the U.S. Department of Education administers a variety of international programs. IFLE continually seeks language and area studies specialists to serve as readers for grant competitions.

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Apply for a National Preservation Conference Diversity Scholarship

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is rolling out a new conference format to bring you the best thinking in the preservation movement and has formed an exciting partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) for PastForward, the 2014 National Preservation Conference. In Savannah, the National Trust’s annual gathering of more than 2,000 individuals will become a global convening of 10,000. The National Trust, SCAD, and HSF will bring the past forward through an unprecedented interactive program of live broadcasts, workshop podcasts, and online training modules.

NTHP diversity

As part of the new conference format, several enhancements will be made to the National Preservation Conference’s Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP). Namely, diversity scholarship recipients will participate in programming that reinforces their role as ambassadors for the National Trust and the preservation movement. Scholarship recipients will continue to receive stipends in the form of complimentary registration and lodging. Additionally, DSP participants will have an opportunity to present their preservation work during the conference and take advantage of National Trust programs after the conference.

The National Trust seeks emerging preservation professionals and community leaders new to the preservation field whose attendance at the Conference will strengthen their commitment to historic preservation and benefit their communities. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in increasing the diversity of people and/or places in the preservation movement (for example: people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT, socio-economically challenged communities, young preservationists)
  • Background in preservation (e.g., academic, professional work, volunteer)
  • Current involvement with preservation organization or academic program
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and/or willingness to share information about preservation project with broader preservation community in a compelling way
  • Willingness to stay engaged in National Trust programs and in the preservation movement after the conference

Click here for the application. The application deadline is May 1. Apply or encourage other preservationists of diverse backgrounds to become a ambassador today!

Weeksville Welcomes New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Weeksville Heritage Center has voted to appoint Tia Powell Harris as the third Executive Director of Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution. Ms. Harris, who brings more than 20 years of experience creating, directing and promoting arts education and cultural programming for some of the most distinguished institutions in the country, will lead the organization in its efforts to significantly expand its education, programming and research capabilities and elevate its standing as one of the nation’s leading centers for African American history and culture. She will begin her tenure on March 17.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Tia join us,” said Timothy Simons, chair of the Weeksville board of directors. “Her energy, enthusiasm and record of success are what drew us to her. She will be an effective leader and powerful advocate for the institution as we seek to take WHC to the next level and transition into our new Education & Cultural Arts Center, which is slated to open later this year. Tia’s passion for arts education and the performing arts will also dramatically impact our program offerings as we focus on providing greater arts access to diverse and multi-generational audiences.”

He continued: “Furthermore, at this critical juncture, we must take time to recognize WHC’s founder and first executive director, Joan Maynard, whose community activism and vision helped to start the organization in 1971. We must also thank Pam Green, our extraordinary leader for the past 12 years whose wit and savvy brought Weeksville forward from four historic houses to the cultural campus that exists today. As we start this new chapter in Weeksville’s history, Tia will be instrumental in helping us to realize the vision of those who have come before while also charting out the right course for future success.”

Ms. Harris joins WHC from the renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C., where she was, most recently, the Director of Artistic Affairs. In that role, she was responsible for admissions and recruitment, grant management and reporting, grass roots fundraising efforts, institutional partnerships and outreach as well as overseeing all arts education programs and productions.

“I am very honored and humbled to have been given this great opportunity to lead such a dynamic and historical organization,” said Ms. Harris. “Weeksville is such an integral part of the African-American experience in this country. It must be preserved and nurtured for long-term sustainability. I am excited to continue the hard work of fulfilling the vision of my predecessors. What I see as critical for the success of the organization is expanding our donor base, programs and partnerships. I truly believe that Weeksville has a bright future and with the support of the City and our community it will flourish as a leading cultural arts institution in Central Brooklyn and beyond.”

As an arts educator for 20 years, Ms. Harris started her career as chairperson of the Theatre Department and Managing Director of The Ellington Company, an arts education consulting group and acting company. Following her work there, Ms. Harris served first as Manager of Community Partnerships at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and then as Associate Director of Education Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. While at the Smithsonian, Ms. Harris also co-chaired their Material Culture Forum. She also spent time as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate level Arts Management program at American University.

Ms. Harris earned a M.A. in Communication Arts & Theater and B.S. in Speech and Drama Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

When the new 23,000 square-foot, LEED-Gold certified Education and Cultural Arts Center opens, WHC will become the first African American historic site to operate a contemporary arts center for the “Study of Freedom and Self Determination” and the first center dedicated to generating knowledge about freedom and 19th and 20th century African American, Caribbean and African history. It will give the community unprecedented access to performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, and public research training in self-documentation, all inspired by the legacy of the free African Americans who founded the community 175 years ago.

Call for Proposals deadline extension

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the AAAM 2014 Annual Conference has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Please return all proposals by that date. Download the Call for Proposals here.