History Adventures Online – Super Soaked

Learn about Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker! After AAMI education interns Sophie and Abby lead a history lesson, they’ll show you how to make your own simple water sprayer using a plastic water bottle and a thumbtack*. After you learn about the science behind the Super Soaker, you’ll have a chance to have […]

Reopening Announcement

The African American Museum of Iowa is excited to announce that our doors will reopen to the public on July 10. At the time of our reopening, we will be hosting the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Voices and Votes in partnership with the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District and the National Czech and Slovak Museum. As […]

History Adventures Online – Expressions of Black Art

This year we are taking our History Adventures program virtual! This annual summer program provides opportunities for students to keep learning over the summer by engaging with topics from Black history. Each Wednesday through August 12 we will post a video made by AAMI education interns Abigail Kraft and Sophie Pionek featuring stories from history […]

Easy Craft: Juneteenth Flag

Did you know that there is a special flag to celebrate the holiday Juneteenth? This holiday marks the day that the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their freedom after the Civil War. The design of the flag was first drafted in 1997. It includes the colors red, white, and blue of […]

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Don't forget to purchase your tickets for this Friday's concert at the AAMI! Part of the Museum's 2021 Performance Series sponsored by AARP, this performance features Rene'e Bryant in her "Love Found Me Tour." Tickets are $10, and advance registration is required by October 28. This event has a 50 attendee maximum, and masks will be required.www.eventbrite.com/e/renee-bryants-love-found-me-tour-featuring-larry-westbrook-jr-tickets-174286... ... See MoreSee Less
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Visit the AAMI tomorrow - Saturday, October 23 - for $1 admission! ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you visited our newest exhibit, "Mapping Exclusion: Redlining in Iowa" yet? Redlining is the systematic denial of various services by federal and local government agencies and the private sector to residents of specific neighborhoods. Black populations in seven Iowa cities -Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Dubuque, Davenport, Des Moines, and Waterloo – were subject to redline mapping. The AAMI is currently open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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Register for this half-day seminar by October 11! www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-bipoc-women-to-serve-in-the-community-tickets-166345932161?aff=eb...Co-hosted by the Cedar Rapids WIN NAACP and the AAMI, the seminar is designed to empower BIPOC women to serve on City, nonprofit, and corporate boards and commissions. It features a keynote address by Abena Sankofa Imhotep of the Sankofa Literary Empowerment Group, remarks from Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart, and Angelica Vannatta with the United Way East Central Iowa BOLD Program. The event is sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust and is open to BIPOC women in the Corridor. Boxed lunch will be provided for registered attendees. ... See MoreSee Less
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