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A Statement from the Executive Director

Dear Iowans, The African American Museum of Iowa team and board have been deeply saddened and outraged by continued injustices against black people in our country. In recent days, the Museum has been the focus of an outpouring of support, with offers of individual, community, and organizational collaboration. This is a clear message that what […]

Happy International Jazz Day!

April 30th is International Jazz Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing this content from our 2014 temporary exhibit Behind the Beat featuring a few of Iowa’s jazz legends. Is your favorite on the list?

Who Was Maya Angelou – A Virtual Story Time

In place of our planned April Who Was program, we have created this virtual story time that you can watch at home! Listen to Ava Challenger read Who Was Maya Angelou?, explore one of Angelou’s famous poems, and follow along with a guide to make your own poetry collage at home!

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Summit Series: Moving Toward OUR History is March 3 at 6:30 p.m. - Schools hosts “Moving Toward OUR History: The Importance of an Inclusive Curriculum” virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 on the school’s Facebook Live and YouTube pages (links will be available one week before the event). Joining Summit for this free, interactive, live discussion is LaNisha Cassell and Sean Donaldson, both from the African American Museum of Iowa; Dr. Ashley Howard, assistant professor at the University of Iowa; and Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey. ... See MoreSee Less
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NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS.For more information and details please visit African American Museum of Iowa is pleased to accept submissions for a banner project that recognizes and honors African American Iowans who are current or former members of the United States Armed Forces. The project is intended to recognize and show appreciation for African American veterans and military personnel and their families who have ties to the state of Iowa. Banners will display a photo of the service person, as well as their name, branch, and dates of service. This project has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. ... See MoreSee Less
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Tomorrow Join the AAMI and NewBo City Market for the next installment focused on democracy– more specifically, how our democracy's central ideals have been true and untrue since the outset, especially for people of color.( This event will be in-person, masked and socially-distanced)WHERE: NewBo City MarketWHEN: Friday, February 26th 7:00pm Register: ... See MoreSee Less
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Today we will be learning about African American style, fashion, and costume design throughout history. We will also be doing a fun and exciting flip book activity where you can become a designer and create your own styles! You can find the template here: ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosOn Tuesday, Revival Theatre Company announced a special partnership with the African American Museum of Iowa, re-releasing our 2018 forum on RAGTIME. A special introduction will be by Celine Fender, Program & Outreach Coordinator of the African American Museum of Iowa, and include musical numbers from RTC's production of RAGTIME.Check out the re-released forum on February 25-28 on our YouTube page! ... See MoreSee Less
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