The New Britain Museum of American Art celebrates Black History Month

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NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art is celebrating Black History Month with a range of programs including a virtual open mic, youth design competition, gallery talks, art installation of the permanent collection and other virtual and on-site offerings.

The museum asks all creatives to register via the link on nbmaa.org. Visitors to the museum in February are invited to learn about some of the prolific black artists in the museum’s permanent collection, including Charles Ethan Porter, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar. All families are invited to participate in a thematic treasure hunt in the gallery throughout the month.


Calling All Creatives: The AANBB and its Community Advisory Group are seeking entrants for two programs to commemorate Black History Month: Virtual Open-Mic and Youth Creative Contest. Everyone interested in both programs is invited to explore this year’s theme: Three Bes: Be Courageous. Be resilient. Be empowered. To register, go to nbmaa.org/black-history-month and find the online form.

Creatives and performers interested in participating in the Museum’s Virtual Open-Mic, scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on February 24, should submit video, audio or photo samples by February 18. Selected artists and performers will have the chance to present and discuss their works during the live program. Selected artworks have the opportunity to be exhibited at Gallery 66 in New Britain. To register, go to nbmaa.org/black-history-month and find the online form.

Young artists who wish to participate in the museum’s youth creation competition must submit videos, photos, written documents and/or audio files by February 18 to be featured on the museum’s website and social networks in a compilation video of the contest launched on February 1. 24. To register, go to nbmaa.org/black-history-month and find the online form. For more information on either program, contact Stéphanie Strucaly at [email protected]

Exhibition: People And Places In America, 1960S To Today, runs through May 1. Featuring bold and visionary works from the 1960s through the 2010s, the installation explores depictions of people and places in America through a range of mediums including sculpture, print, collage. , photography and painting. The works are drawn from the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and include recent purchases and collection highlights. Collectively, these significant works challenge and inspire ideas about what it means to be an American today, according to the museum.

Gallery Talks: In honor of Black History Month, the New Britain Museum of American Art will host two Spotlight Gallery Talks highlighting works by African American artists in the collection.

Wednesday, February 2, 1-2 p.m.—Spotlight on Tanner, Porter, Duncanson, with Lisa Williams.

Wednesday, February 16, 1-2 p.m. — Spotlight on Radcliffe Bailey, with Jasmine Dejackome.

Black History Month on the NBMAA webpage: https://nbmaa.org/black-history-month

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