I’VE KNOWN RIVERS: PRESENTING AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS, CULTURE & HISTORY
“I've known rivers, ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.” Langston Hughes, 1921
The Association of African American Museums invites you to attend the 2010 Annual Conference to be held August 4-7, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosted by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Inspired by renowned poet Langston Hughes, I’ve Known Rivers: Presenting African American Arts, Culture & History explores efforts by metropolitan museums and cultural institutions to preserve and present the ancient through contemporary African American history and arts. Whether large or small, these institutions have been the catalyst for cultural and historical preservation throughout their regions.
As we move further into the twenty-first century, we are challenged by the question of whether metropolitan institutions, such as museums, cultural arts centers and archives can sustain and impact the growth and development of regional culture in this tough economic climate. I’ve Known Rivers: Presenting African American Arts, Culture & History has sessions planned which will address several questions that pertain to the strategies for survival in metropolitan centers. How have recent exhibitions managed to combine new and existing historical research with an ever-changing technology, while maintaining the integrity of the individual, the story and the craft? African American museums often bear the responsibility of balancing best museum practices with the need to preserve and interpret vital historical and cultural events.
Join us in Pittsburgh as your colleagues share innovative approaches to interpreting regional arts, history and culture, while highlighting the roles of metropolitan museums and cultural institutions on the cultural horizon.
Download the 2010AAAM Annual Conference Registration form by clicking here. Early Bird registration ends July 26!