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We’re reimagining the People’s Collection, and your favorites may be on the move. If you’re visiting to see a particular object, please email help@ncartmuseum.org to confirm it’s on view. Staff will respond as soon as possible during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Our Judaic, Rodin, Italian, Dutch and Renaissance, and Modern and Contemporary galleries will remain on view through May 29, 2022, along with a selection of works from the African arts collection. West Building will then close to the public, reopening October 8, 2022. Learn more about this exciting reinstallation project and related reopening celebrations. 

The Museum Lives in Me

The Museum Lives in Me! The NCMA has commissioned Victoria Scott-Miller, owner of North Carolina Black-owned independent bookstore Liberation Station, to author a children’s book titled The Museum Lives in Me. The picture book showcases the discovery and exploration of the NCMA’s collection by a group of students visiting on a school field trip. It highlights their inclusive experiences, opportunities for self-reflection, and meaningful connections to art. Due out in May, the book features original illustrations by Raleigh-based artist JP Jermaine Powell.

Victoria Scott-Miller is a Raleigh-based author and owner of the trailblazing, nationally recognized Liberation Station Bookstore, which specializes in children’s literature that centers on Black children and families. Victoria’s work has been featured in the Washington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; Medium; American Way, American Airlines’ magazine; and Walter, as well as on Good Morning America and CNN. In 2021 she was the first Black woman to be inducted into the Wake County Public School Hall of Fame in the category of entrepreneurship.

As an innovator, liberation strategist, and literacy advocate, she is committed to creating uplifting stories of the possibilities of Black and brown children while building infrastructure and initiatives that promote legacy building, generational safekeeping, and historical guardianship for marginalized voices. Since 2020 the NCMA has partnered with Liberation Station for recorded readings, live in-gallery story times, and a curated book selection in the Museum Store.

JP Jermaine Powell’s curiosity and love for the arts began at a young age in Cleveland, Ohio. His natural talent for drawing, painting, and connecting with people led him to attend and graduate from Pratt Institute in New York.

He creates large-scale public art pieces and exhibits his work regularly in the Triangle and beyond. Recent shows include Visual Vanguard: An Exhibition of Contemporary Black Carolina Artists at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte and JP Jermaine Powell—Breathe, Back to Life at the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, daughter, and two sons and enjoys traveling the world and sharing his experiences through his paintings.

*This title will ship on May 21st, 2022

The Museum Lives in Me is a vivid, imaginative, fantastical narrative with illustrations that invite us all to peek into our human museums. This beautiful and whimsical story of “Miss Edmonia” and her “Wildfires class” reminds us to discover our best selves in the world.

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The images created by JP Jermaine Powell include recognizable visitor favorites in the People’s Collection, including Mickalene Thomas’s Three Graces: Les Trois Femmes Noires (2011); Romare Bearden’s New Orleans: Ragging Home (1974); and Yayoi Kusama’s LIGHT OF LIFE (2018).

Get to know the creators and characters better with these curated playlists!

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Bastian Family Charitable Foundation

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