New Britain Museum of American Art celebrates Black History Month

NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art celebrates Black History Month with an array of programs including a Virtual Open Mic, a Youth Creative Contest, Gallery Talks, permanent collection art installation, and other virtual and onsite offerings.

The museum asks all creatives to register through the link at nbmaa.org. Museum visitors during 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 enjoy a themed in-gallery scavenger hunt throughout the month.


Calling all Creatives: The NBMAA and its Community Advisory Group are seeking participants for two programs to commemorate Black History Month: Virtual Open-Mic and Youth Creative Contest. All interested individuals for both programs are asked to explore this year’s theme: Three Be’s: Be courageous. Be resilient. Be empowered. To sign up, 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, set for 6-7:30 pm Feb. 24 should submit video, audio, or photo samples no later than Feb. 18. Selected artists and performers will have the chance to present and discuss their works during the live program. Selected artworks have an opportunity to display at Gallery 66 in New Britain. To sign up, go to nbmaa.org/black-history-month and find the online form.

Youth artists who are interested in participating in the museum’s Youth Creative Contest should submit videos, photos, written materials, and/or audio files by Feb. 18 to be featured on the Museum’s website and social media channels in a contest compilation video launching Feb. 24. To sign up, go to nbmaa.org/black-history-month and find the online form. For more information about either program, contact Stephanie Strucaly at strucalys@nbmaa.org.

Exhibit: People And Places In America, 1960S To Today, runs through May 1. Featuring bold and visionary works from the 1960s to 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 important 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 the works of African American artists in the collection.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1-2 pm—Spotlight on Tanner, Porter, Duncanson, with Lisa Williams.

Wednesday Feb. 16, 1-2 pm—Spotlight on Radcliffe Bailey, with Jasmine Dejackome.

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

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