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MINNESOTA AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND GALLERY

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity

Location

1256 Penn Ave NorthMINNEAPOLIS, MN 55411 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) preserves, documents and highlights the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota. This mission is carried out through exhibits, programs and events that educate and inform the public about the history, culture, and art of African Americans in Minnesota. Opened in 2018, the museum is also a community gathering place where people meet and celebrate Black history. The museum is free and accessible to all. By joining MAAHMG, you become a supporter of one of the Twin Cities’ most exciting museums. Your assistance allows us to present amazing exhibitions and thought provoking educational programming. Supporters like you are essential in helping us to preserve and share the history of African Americans in Minnesota.

Description

MAAHMG started as an entirely volunteer run project, and was built keeping in mind that there was a gap amongst the museum community with dedicated representation of MN African-Americans, highlighting their experiences and contributions within the greater Minnesota community. With much work and community effort, the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery was founded.

  • We offer scheduled tours to K-12, college and graduate students, and group tours to organizations.
  • MAAHMG also hosts a Children's Reading Circle to promote literacy where MN local authors, storytellers and community members read to kids. (currently virtual)
  • Co-curated the Black Lives Matter mural in Minneapolis on Plymouth Avenue N., in July 2020, involving 16 local artists.
  • MAAHMG developed a Youth Curator Program, where high school students learned about research, writing, history and art to curate a history and art exhibition focusing on racial justice. This program hopes to peak their interest in exploring careers in the museum field.
  • Hosted Black Fashion Week MN, and the free outdoor public art exhibit presented by Save the Boards, Memorialize the Movement, a community event to remember and reflect on the emotions during the uprising through these murals that express our collective voices fighting for racial justice.
  • Local MN artists have shared poetry, spoken word, singing, dramatic reading or comedy improv at MAAHMG open mics.

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