During Black History Month, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) will be hosting a multitude of events to celebrate and honor over 400 years of African American History, inviting everyone to reflect on the Black experiences that have occurred since Africans first arrived in the English colonies in 1619.
Programming begins with AAMP Family Fun Day – Black History Now! on Saturday, February 8th beginning at 11am. Sponsored by Rivers Gives, the community relations volunteer program at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, the day features an exciting lineup of interactive workshops and art-making activities for the entire family to enjoy. “Volunteering at AAMP’s Family Fun Day is a fantastic way for Rivers Gives to celebrate Black History Month,” said Emily Doñes, community relations manager at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “We’re proud to support the museum’s diversity mission through the arts.” In collaboration with theReading Terminal Market,special AAMP activities will also take place between 12pm and 3pm on February 8th at the Market located on 51 N. 12th St. The first 250 guests will receive free entry to the museum for this event; there is no admission fee for events held at Reading Terminal Market.
To close the heralded exhibition, In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity, BlackStar Film Festival Founder Maori Holmes will present a curated short film series on Sunday, February 9th that will feature seven short films exploring Black masculinity through the lens of Black women filmmakers and directors. The screening will be followed by discussions and audience Q&A sessions led by a selection of the filmmakers and directors. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the museum’s website. The exhibition closes on March 1, 2020.
On Thursday, February 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, AAMP will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendments, respectively, with Meditations on Black Masculinity in tandem with Live and Learn/ The Frances Project. Three emerging young artists – poet David Gaines, photographer Felli Maynard, and playwright Momo St. Clair - will offer readings and presentations to engage in a
discussion on America’s great “element of strength” as told by Frances Harper in a letter to John Brown. The event is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, February 23rd from 1pm – 3pm, AAMP will be collaborating with Moonstone Arts Center and Scribe Video Center to pay tribute to Toni Morrison. The event will begin with a screening ofThe Foreigner’s Home followed by a conversation between writer Sonia Sanchez and filmmaker Louis Massiah. To close out this day of commemoration, local poets and writers will offer selected readings from Moonstone Arts Center’s newly published journal,In Remembrance to Toni Morrison . Doors open at 12:00pm and the program begins promptly at 1:00 pm, guests are encouraged to arrive early as late admission cannot be guaranteed.
Further information regarding Black History Month at AAMP can be found at https://www.aampmuseum.org .
About The African American Museum in Philadelphia: Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial, the African American Museum In Philadelphia is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The mission of the museum is to bring together diverse communities in a greater appreciation of the Black experience through the combined narrative of art, history, and culture. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.
Rivers Gives Rivers Gives is the casino’s community relations volunteer program at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Rivers Gives continues the casino’s steadfast commitment to the city of Philadelphia and includes Team Members volunteering 2,000 service hours annually to the Fishtown neighborhood and surrounding areas. The casino chooses a monthly charity partner for featuring and fundraising, where Team Members assist in a service project that benefits the Philadelphia community.