African Art Museum of Maryland

Behind the Scenes

May 24, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To promote better understanding and deeper appreciation of African art and cultures through exhibits, lectures, films, tours of Africa, book discussions, youth and adult workshops, academic courses, dance and music performances, and an extensive community outreach program.

Latest accomplishment: In early May, AAMM sponsored the annual Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, featuring 14 bands performing at the museum and venues along Route 175 in Columbia. And in January, the AAMM received a $1,775 Museum Assessment

Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to be used for assessment of internal operations.

On the horizon: "African Art Through Time and Space," an exhibition of works by Nigerian artists G. Sunday Enabe and Moyo Ogundipe, opens June 21 and runs through Aug. 23. Works on display represent the creative endeavors of the African past and present, the African in Africa and the African elsewhere.

About the AAMM: Membership: 400 households. Attendance: 30,000 annually. Operating budget: $120,000.

Where and when: Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 410-730-7105.

Maurice M. Simpkins, chairman of the AAMM board of trustees: "The museum stretches its tentacles in many directions, but what motivates me the most is community involvement ... exposing school-age children to African art and art in general."

Members of the board

Abram Engleman

Obi A. Gbadebo

C. Vernon Gray

Brenda E. Lee

Claude M. Ligon

Julia Spangler Madden

DeVera Redmond

Lewis Robertson

John Tegler

HTC Iantha L. Tucker

Maurice M. Simpkins

Celonia Banks Walden

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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