Saturday, September 23, 2017
East Building and Museum Park
Join us as we unveil the newly reinstalled African art gallery in our East Building with a daylong celebration of African art, nature, music, and culture! The Museum Park comes alive with music and dance performances, drum-making workshops, collaborative community art activities, food, African cultural activities, and more! Walk the new gallery and experience conversations with experts and storytellers, and participate in a collaborative art project with artist Maya Freelon Asante.
The day concludes with a free concert by world-renowned West African artist Angélique Kidjo (ticket required, SOLD OUT).
Generous support for the Threads of Africa celebration is provided by Lee and Libby Buck.
Support for drum residency, drum making, and performance by The Magic of African Rhythm is provided by the North Carolina Museum of Art Catawba Valley Fund. Additional support is provided by the Broyhill Family Foundation.
This event has been developed in partnership with The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
Special thanks to our African Community Advisory Panel: Yemi Adewuyi, Mawuena Agbeblewu, Angeloe Burch, Emelia Cowans-Taylor, Carlee Forbes, Pearl Forbes, Nelson Gunn, Michelle Lanier, Braima Moiwai, Bouna Ndiaye, Njami Wa Kabui, Elizabeth Perrill, Scott Phillips, Aya and Teli Shabu, Greg Whitt, Mike Williams, and Tee Effon