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.
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!
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.
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.
Deadline for submission of proposals: Monday, April 15, 2014
The Revolutionary American Thomas Paine held that “civil rights are those which appertain to man in right of his being a member of society”. From the beginning of our Republic, free people of African descent have seen themselves as citizens, members of society, and therefore due equal rights. From the nation’s origins, Americans believed that religion should not be a basis for abridging a citizen’s rights, but very few believed color should be treated similarly. And gender and sexual orientation were not even open for discussion. The resulting struggles over civil rights have remade our nation for more than two centuries.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013
The Association of African American Museums mourns the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a great world leader for freedom, justice and peace in our time. Mandela as the first Black African president of the Republic of South Africa for decades was a member the African National Congress freedom fighters in their quest to end apartheid in their native land. He was imprisoned by the oppressive regime on Robben Island for 27 years. For most of his incarceration he served in isolation and at hard labor breaking rocks for which he studied to keep his mind sharp. Upon his release from prison in 1990 he travelled the world as the guest of colleges, universities, governments, corporations, and media among others telling his story and the quest of his people. He showed much appreciation to the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S. and had great friendships with many U.S. leaders of the movement. His strength and vision of peace and reconciliation for the nation of South Africa is one of the greatest examples of the quest for humanity in world history.
AAAM extends condolences to our sister museums in South Africa – The Nelson Mandela Center of Memory, the Apartheid Museum of Johannesburg, the Red Location Anti-Apartheid Museum, and other institutions as we honor the life and respect the passing of this great figure.
Samuel W. Black
Association of African American Museums
Weeksville Heritage Center invites you to join us and the Honorable Marty Markowitz for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate our new 19,000 square foot Certified LEED Gold Education and Cultural Arts Building, which will open to the public in 2014.
The new building includes a resource center, classrooms and media lab, woodshop, collection spaces, 1700 sq. ft. contemporary gallery, and 200-seat performance space. The 1.5 acre outdoor landscaped space includes a micro farm and heritage based botanic collection. The space will be dedicated to interpreting 175 years of freedom, agency, self determination, and creativity in Central Brooklyn and beyond.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1698 Bergen Street
(Entrance on Buffalo Avenue at Bergen)
Brooklyn, New York 11213
An open house and light breakfast reception will follow brief remarks.
RSVP at email@example.com.