paint like a pro

Paint Like A Pro

Join Education Assistant Diana Henry for a Paint Like A Pro workshop at the North Liberty Community Library!

Art and science are two sides of the same coin. Learn about scientists like George Washington Carver and Percy Julian who dabbled in paint manufacturing, check out various African American painters and sculptors, and make a small artistic creation of your own.

Unconditional Loyalty

Join Museum Educator Sean Donaldson at the Marion Public Library for this presentation!

Discover the proud history of African American service people in the United States military from the Revolutionary War to the present. Topics include African American Iowans in the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, desegregation of the armed forces, and more. Registration is requested via Eventbrite.

The 1619 Project

CANCELLED – 1619 Project: Music

This event has been cancelled as a COVID-19 preventative measure. Any rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time.
Join us for a discussion based on the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Karl Cassell, Managing Partner at Top RANK Talent Solutions will moderate a panel discussion focusing on the appropriation of African American music.
The panel will include:
– Myron McReynolds, Director of Education at Orchestra Iowa
– Blake Shaw (Blake Shaw Music), Performing Bassist, Big(ish) Band Leader, & Music Teacher at Hiawatha/Cedar Rapids Day School

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. The AAMI will participate in this project with panel discussions that will feature a variety of community voices, in many cases Cedar Rapids/Eastern Iowa’s own experts on topics being discussed – topics like incarceration, music, democracy, and more.

Who Was? A Story Time – Rosa Parks

We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children’s story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time’s subject. Join us on the second Saturday of each month to celebrate important historical and contemporary African Americans.

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, and to celebrate her legacy, we will be reading Who Was Rosa Parks? and engaging in an activity that will teach children about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the values of being a good neighbor.

Black History Month Kick Off @ CRPL

We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a Black History Month kick off event! Join us to look through the lenses of history, literature, music and art to both remember and celebrate Black History and achievement.

More Than Just A Game

Iowa’s athletes have long impacted their teams, communities, and the sports they played, but African Americans did so while facing off against more than just the opposing team. They fought for the right to equal treatment on and off the field. Highlighting people such as Iowan and Olympian Thomas Hill, Drake University athlete Johnny Bright and his affect on the football helmet, and members of the Buxton Wonders, Iowa’s Negro Leagues team, this program is perfect for sports enthusiasts, history buffs, and the general public.

This program will take place in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. Food and beverages will be provided.


Celebrating the Roots

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We are partnering with Lion Bridge Brewing Company to host a soul food celebration and program in honor of Black History Month.

Dr. Kelly Sharp, Professor of Africana Studies and History at Luther College will be speaking at 6pm about the history is soul food and the Museum’s current exhibit “Untangling The Roots”

Your $30 ticket includes a platter of soul food prepared by our friends at Vivian’s Soul Food and a beverage of your choice. It also includes tax and gratuity.

The regular Lion Bridge menu will also be available if you wish to join us but just order a la carte. Ticket sales for the soul food dinner end on 2/17.