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    (BPRW) Ford Announces $1 Million Donation to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    - Ford will donate $1 million to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to help celebrate richness and diversity of the African American experience - Donation builds on Ford’s long support of African Americans and a 40-year relationship with Smithsonian Institution - New Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open in 2016 -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ford Motor Company is building on a century-long commitment to supporting the African American community with a $1 million donation to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    The donation from Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, will support the museum’s capital campaign. It will also go toward funding key programs when the museum – the only national site devoted exclusively to documenting African American life, art, history and culture – opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2016.

    “Since Henry Ford’s groundbreaking $5 a day wage in 1913, which paid people equally regardless of race, Ford has invested in programs that empower and celebrate the African American community,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford is proud to work with the Smithsonian on this museum that will recognize the tremendous contributions of African Americans to our country and our world.”

    Ford and the Smithsonian Institution jointly made the announcement today at the 20th anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. Follow the social conversation at #fordgivesback.

    Ford’s relationship with the Smithsonian dates back 40 years, with the company donating more than $11.5 million to support exhibits and programs that provide educational opportunities for families:

    • Ford Fund supported the Smithsonian Freedom’s Sisters, which celebrated 20 African American women who fought for equality for all Americans and traveled to 12 cities from 2007 to 2012

    • In 2013, Ford Fund worked with the Smithsonian American History Museum to expand its Spark!Lab to three museums across the country. Designed to look and feel like an inventor’s workshop, these spaces challenge children to create, experiment and invent in interactive innovation workshops

    • Ford Fund currently supports the museum’s American Sabor exhibit that explores the influence of Latino musicians in America and is traveling to 13 cities through 2015

    • Ford Fund also is investing in conservation research for the giant panda at the National Zoo, including the popular Panda Cam, which allows visitors from around the world to view the newest panda cub online

    “We are so pleased that the Ford Motor Company Fund has chosen to join hundreds of donors from across the country to build a groundswell of support for the National Museum of African American History and Culture; we recognize this as a vote of confidence,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum. “It is a genuine honor to have the company join us in our commitment to bring to the nation’s capital a truly innovative cultural resource – one capable of telling a richer and fuller story of the development of this country.

    “We also applaud the Ford Motor Company for having a long history of contributing to the growth of African American communities for families who migrated to Detroit from the rural south,” Bunch added. “After hiring its first African American employee in 1914, Ford, by 1926, had hired more than 10,000 African Americans, making it the largest employer of African Americans in the auto industry. By 1931, 20 percent of Detroit’s African American population was supported by Ford jobs.”

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an act of Congress in 2003 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting American history through an African American lens. The nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is under construction on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument. It is being outfitted with 11 exhibitions at a cost of about $500 million. Half the cost is covered by the U.S. Congress; the museum is responsible for raising the rest.

    While its building is under construction, the museum is presenting exhibitions in its gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The current exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” explores these two civil rights milestones and the impact the events had on generations. It is open to the public through Sept. 7. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

    About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
    Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

    Follow at www.facebook.com/ford, www.twitter.com/ford or www.youtube.com/fordvideo1

    Source: Ford Motor Company

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    AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY CELEBRATES KWANZAA 2013: 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

    - SINGERS FROM BROADWAY HIT, “MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL,” AND RESTORATION DANCE THEATRE COMPANY PERFORM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 12:15 to 2:15 pm -


    AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

    WHO
    Performers from the Tony-nominated “Motown: The Musical” sing a medley of Supremes hits, including “Where Did Our Love Go?” and Restoration Dance Theatre Company perform African, Caribbean, and modern dances in full costume to celebrate Kwanzaa 2013: 35th Anniversary Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History—one of the largest and longest-running Kwanzaa celebrations in the country.

    WHAT
    The American Museum of Natural History celebrates its 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, December 28, from noon to 5pm. The event celebrates the rich traditions of Kwanzaa and honors the holiday’s seven guiding principles.

    Hosted by storyteller Linda Humes, the festivities will also include family-friendly activities, exciting raffles, and an international marketplace. Back by popular demand, Oscar-nominated youth ensemble IMPACT Repertory Theatre, with Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo, opens the show. Restoration Dance Theatre Company returns with an eclectic mix of African, Caribbean, and modern dances. Balance Dance Theatre, led by acclaimed choreographer Obediah Wright, performs. Bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker MK Asante introduces his landmark film, narrated by world-renowned poet Maya Angelou, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, followed by a book signing of his new memoir, Buck.

    Kwanzaa 2013 is co-presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group. The Kwanzaa marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.

    WHEN
    Saturday, December 28
    12:15 pm: The Supremes from “Motown: The Musical”
    12:45 pm: IMPACT Repertory Theatre introduced by Emilia Ottoo
    1:30 pm: Restoration Dance Theatre Company

    WHERE
    Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History first floor
    Press should enter through the 79th Street and Central Park entrance.

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    “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” by Karen E. Milbourne

    Accompanying a pioneering exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, the book explores African art and its relationship to African concepts of the earth. One hundred exceptional works of art from the late 18th to 21st centuries are featured, including photography, painting, sculpture and statuary, sacred figures and vessels, as well as historic treasures such as an exquisite Punu reliquary (Gabon) from the collection of the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris) and a rare Yorube onile figure from the museum’s collection that is reunited (in the book and in the exhibition) for the first time with its mate from the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal, Netherlands.

    Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
    The contemporary works alongside works are by internationally renowned and emerging talents from across the continent, including William Kentridge, Ingrid Mwangi, Sammy Baloji, Ghada Amer and El Anatsui.

    “Earth Matters” is comprised of 6 chapters – and the exhibition is also organized in 6 thematic section at the museum:

    Chapter 1:The Material Earth, Chapter 2: The Power of the Earth, Chapter 3: Imagining the Underground, Chapter 4: Strategies of the Surface, Chapter 5: Environmental Action, and Chapter 6: Earth Works.

    The book also contains 4 powerful artists’ statements prepared by working artists, from Africa and the diaspora, who are passionately engaged and further the deep inspiration they draw from Africa and the earth. The artist essays are: Wangechi Mutu “The Power of Earth in My Work,” Clive van den Berg “Breaking Surface,” Allan DeSouza “Where You Looking At,” and George Osodi “Matter, Eco-Ethics, And Composite Space: Thoughts On My Pictorial Compositions.”

    Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa • Karen E. Milbourne

    320 pages
    9-1/2 x 11 inches
    250 color illustrations
    ISBN 978-1-58093-370-4
    $50.00 hardcover November 12, 2013
    http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Matters-Material-Metaphor-Africa/dp/158093370X
    http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580933704
    twitter.com/monacellipress
    The Monacelli Press
    236 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, New York 10001


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BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUMS
   

  1. A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum ...
    Information, African American, labor history museum, Chicago, gift shop.
    http://aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/

  2. Acacia Collection Gallery and Museum ...
    Rich collection, African American, artifacts, textiles, tools, art. Savannah GA.
    http://www.acaciacollection.com

  3. African-American Mosaic Exhibition ...
    Exhibit, publication ,Library of Congress, Black history, culture.
    http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

  4. African American Museum in Phillidelphia ...
    Exhibits, events, educational programs, membership, general information.
    http://aampmuseum.org/

  5. Art Museum of Southeast Texas ...
    Art Museum of Southeast Texas located in Beaumont, Texas. Museum, African American, history, culture.
    http://www.amset.org/

  6. Association of African American Museums ...
    Established to support African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.
    http://www.blackmuseums.org/

  7. Augusta Museum of History ...
    Augusta Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting history in relation to the past of Augusta and its environs for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.
    http://www.augustamuseum.org/

  8. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ...
    Alabama, education, civil, human rights.
    http://bcri.bham.al.us/

  9. Boston African American National Historic Site ...
    15 pre-Civil War structures, Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, downloadable PDF maps.
    http://www.nps.gov/boaf/

  10. CAAM ...
    California African American Museum. We will find more open doors for CAAM to enter so that we can share the art, history and culture of African Americans as well as our perspective on the issues we all face on a planet that we all must share.
    http://www.caam.ca.gov/

  11. Children's Museum of Manhattan ...
    Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York City. A Museum for Children and Families. Listings of exhibits, events, classes, programs, performers.
    http://www.cmom.org/

  12. Civil Rights Museum ...
    The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on the human rights movement worldwide.
    http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/

  13. DuSable Museum of African American History ...
    Museum, African American history, Founded in 1957, Dr. Margaret T. and Charles G. Burroughs, Chicago.
    http://www.dusablemuseum.org/

  14. Enslaved Africans - Rain Garden ...
    A public art project which commemorates the lives of enslaved Africans who lived at the Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, New York – six of whom were the first to be manumitted by law in the United States in 1787, seventy six years before the Emancipation Proclamation.
    http://www.enslavedafricansraingarden.org/

  15. Harrison Museum ...
    African American Culture's mission is, to research, preserve and interpret the achievements of African Americans.
    http://www.harrisonmuseum.org/

  16. Idaho Black History Museum ...
    History ,culture, African Americans, exhibits, educational, community calendar.
    http://www.ibhm.org/

  17. Jim Crow Virtual Museum ...
    Our mission is to promote racial tolerance by helping people understand the historical and contemporary expressions of intolerance.
    http://www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/index.htm

  18. Louisiana State Museum ...
    Louisiana State Museum website; Online exhibits and digital library collections focusing on the unique history and culture of Louisiana.
    http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/

  19. LSU Museum of Art ...
    The LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA), located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, La. The museum's significant collection of American and British portraiture, furniture, and decorative arts has grown.
    http://www.lsumoa.com/

  20. Museum of Afro American History ...
    The Museum of Afro American History, Boston, is a not-for-profit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans.
    http://www.afroammuseum.org/

  21. National Great Blacks In Wax Museum ...
    National Great Blacks In Wax Museum America's national Black Educational Museum located in Baltimore Maryland close to Washington, DC.
    http://www.greatblacksinwax.org/

  22. National Museum Of African Art ...
    Leading center for the visual arts of Africa, fosters and sustains, through exhibitions, collections, research, and public programs an interest in and an understanding of diverse cultures.
    http://africa.si.edu/

  23. San Francisco African American Museum ...
    SF African American Historical & Cultural Society presents selected exhibits on African and/or African American artists.
    http://www.sfstation.com/museums/african.htm

  24. The African American Multicultural Museum ...
    The African American Multicultural Museum is a local Museum with a global perspective. An extensive variety of exhibits and programs featuring art, historical items, speakers, and artist will be highlighted throughout the year. The Museum will keynote multiculturalism by emphasizing the positive contributions of many races and cultures while incorporating the African American segment.
    http://www.azcama.com/museums/african_american.html

  25. The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture ...
    Only the second of its kind the country, The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997. St. Louis, MO.
    http://www.thegriotmuseum.com/

  26. The Institute of Black Invention & Technology, Inc ...
    The institute is a traveling museum that presents exhibits and lectures about Black inventors from slavery to the present. Exhibit programs are appropriate pre-school, school-age, and college audiences.
    http://www.tibit.biz/

  27. The Lucy Craft Laney Museum ...
    The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History located in Augusta, Georgia.
    http://www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com/

  28. The River Road African American Museum ...
    The River Road African American Museum, located in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting art, artifacts buildings related the history culture of Americans rural communities along Mississippi between Baton Rouge New Orleans.
    http://www.africanamericanmuseum.org/

  29. Tubman African American Museum ...
    Macon Georgia, honor Harriet Tubman, educating people, African American art, history, culture.
    http://www.tubmanmuseum.com/

  30. United States National Slavery Museum ...
    Telling the complete story!
    http://constitution.laws.com/constitutional-convention/slave-trade











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