Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – $1 Admission

Join us for our annual MLK Day celebration! Your $1 admission (free for members and children under 5) gives you access to both of our  current exhibits, Endless Possibilities and Unwavering: 21st Century Activism.

We want to provide a safe visitor experience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that all visitors over the age of two are required to wear a face covering and capacity in all areas of the Museum is currently limited. Read more about our current visitor health and safety guidelines.

An Evening with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra and the Music of William Grant Still

Join us for an evening with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra for a performance of William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama. Each movement is a “classicized” version of an authentic Panamanian folk dance, transcribed and brought to the US by ethnomusicologist Elizabeth Waldo in the first half of the 19th century. The performance will include a brief history of each dance. The Coe College Symphony Orchestra is directed by Michelle Perrin Blair, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Orchestras, Coe College.

William Grant Still was a prolific composer and the first African American to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in the United States.

Isaac and Bob present “Entrepreneurship: The Gateway to Growth and Development in the Ghanaian Economy”.

Join the AAMI for an evening with Isaac and Bob!

Thursday, November 8 at 7pm
55 12th Ave SE
FREE

As part of this presentation, Isaac Quaidoo and Bob Wollf will share their experience with their Mandela Washington Fellowship Ghana Iowa Beekeeping Project and promote the Mandela Washington Fellowship experience and programming.

Isaac Quaidoo lives in Etufu Ghana and is an Entrepreneur in the field of Agriculture. He is a graduate from the University of Cape Coast Business School in Ghana. He practices both Apiculture and Meliponiculture with focus on honey and bee propolis production. He is the Co-founder of Nexlinks Company Ltd in Ghana. He is the founder of Save the Bee Foundation (SBF GHANA) an Non-Government Organization (NGO) where he promotes beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood in selected rural farming communities in Ghana. He is an Alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders Initiative and an alumnus of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of the University of Iowa. Isaac’s philosophy of life is to help improving health and changing lives.

Bob Wolff has lived and worked in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 34 years, He is an Entrepreneur. He is a graduate of UNL in Lincoln, Nebraska and has owned and operated several small businesses including a B R Honey Co and B Products, a bicycle shop, and a vending machine company. He has been a beekeeper for over 25 years. During those years, he help established and taught beekeeping classes as a volunteer at several locations in the greater Cedar Rapids area including the Indian Creek Nature Center and Wickiup Hill learning Center in Toddville. He has had over 1000 individuals participating in the beekeeping classes. He has also given numerous talks to elementary school classes in the public schools. He worked with the Linn-Mar High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Ag in the Park field days, demonstrating beekeeping activities. He is an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Reciprocal Program for Young African Leaders Initiative.

 

Raise The Roof: Giving Tuesday 2018

Expanding our reach across Iowa utilizes a variety of resources. This Giving Tuesday, the African American Museum of Iowa is asking for your support to reach our goal of $6,250 to help minimize the impact of expenses like building maintenance, technology, equipment and much more. Starting November 27 at 12am, we encourage you to make a donation and help us meet our goal. Online donations $25 and over will get 2 free passes to the museum!

250 donations of $25 for our 25th Anniversary!

Come in and make a donation on November 27, from 10am – 4pm and get rewarded with treats and prizes from local businesses!

 

 

Night at the Museum: Guided Tours

Free guided tours of the AAMI’s exhibits, “Driven By Hope” and “Endless Possibilities” with regular paid admission! Tours begin on the hour, starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for students. Children 5 and under and Museum Members are free!

Paint-A-Pumpkin

Get your pumpkin painted in plenty of time to display it for Halloween. Decorate a cannonball pumpkin from Kroul Farms and take it home to show all your friends.

Monday, October 8th at 2:00
$1
Limited to the first 20 participants.

Wear appropriate clothing for painting, we are not responsible for decorated clothing.

Get Soaked!

Get Soaked on Tuesday, August 14th at 10 am! Learn about Lonnie Johnson, African American Inventor of the Super Soaker and then head outside for water warfare!

Free event at the AAMI

August 14th at 10am

Bring a towel and your own water gun.

100 Days of Summer Blood Drive

Take part in the 100 Days of Summer blood drive, hosted  the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Thursday, August 9th from 10am -2 pm

The African American Museum of Iowa’s Celebration Hall

To donate, contact sdonaldson@blackiowa.org or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org

Please eat and drink before donating, and bring a photo ID.

Last date to donate elsewhere id 6/12/18

All presenting donors will receive a voucher to redeem a $5 gift card to Amazon or Subway!

 

 

Journey to Freedom

UPDATED INFORMATION:

The only available time slots for this event are at 12 and 1 pm. you must be registered and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your reserved time.

Register Here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2QGoSym8adCaFFTmfaVbOr4YE36bR-FpuY-DHwl6OQAlw7g/viewform

 

Journey to Freedom

  • Where: Wickiup Hill  Outdoor Learning Center , 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341
  • When: Saturday, September 22nd
  • 12:00-2:30 pm
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • FREE

Experience the escape from slavery with the African American Museum of Iowa. We are excited to bring back our Journey to Freedom event which simulates the escape from slavery on Iowa’s Underground Railroad. Participants will travel back in time to the 1850’s where they will become a runaway slave traveling north to Canada. While on your journey, you will encounter costumed actors who will serve as slave catchers, overseers, farmers, and abolitionists. Some might help you escape from freedom while others may threaten to return you to bondage. Learn to survive in the wild by navigating with stars, stay hidden while speaking in code, and see if you have what it takes to make it to freedom.

Due to the subject matter, this event is best suited for children 8+. This will be outdoors! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle are recommended.

For questions, contact Sean Donaldson at sdonaldson@blackiowa.org

Register Here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2QGoSym8adCaFFTmfaVbOr4YE36bR-FpuY-DHwl6OQAlw7g/viewform

This event is made possible by PepsiCo, thank you.

 

$1 Day at the AAMI, Final Week of “If Objects Could Talk”

You won’t miss the temporary exhibit, “If Objects Could Talk”. This will be the FINAL week for all the great artifacts and stories at the AAMI, and for $1 per person, you can bring everyone you know!

July 28th from 10am-4pm

You can also participate in the Civil Rights March that starts at 12:00 pm at Viola Gibson Park and will turn around at the AAMI. “Peaceful Solidarity” All are welcome.