A couple of weeks ago I spent the morning visiting The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Museum of Art in downtown Hartford, to check out their latest exhibition.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture was founded in 1987 and is a not-for-profit cultural arts organization that owns a vital collection of over 7,000 items including art, artifacts, and popular culture objects that document the experience, expressions, and history of people of African American heritage.
I love art and how pieces can be interpreted in so many ways. I really enjoyed the variety of art mediums, artifacts and books that were on display. Not only was the exhibition thought provoking but the collection was beautifully curated to visually tell the stories of my ancestors. Sharing their achievements, despite the struggles and hurdles faced being enslaved and even once they were free, the fight for equality being black in America.
The Amistad Center’s mission is to interpret and celebrate African American arts and humanities and to educate the public about their importance and influence in American life. This year is also special for the Amistad Center because they are celebrating their 30th year anniversary.
I’m excited to share that this month they will also be hosting a Juneteenth Gala. For those who don’t know, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, about 150 years ago, the enslaved in Galveston, TX first learned of their freedom two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been enacted. Thus began the Juneteenth celebration, which has grown to acknowledge the importance of education, achievement, community and freedom for African-Americans. This years Gala with be held on Friday June 16th, 2017 at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art and you can learn more and purchase your tickets here.
You can stay up-to-date on upcoming events and exhibitions by visiting their Facebook page here and learning more on their website here. The next time you find yourself in Hartford, be sure to stop by and visit!
The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103-2990
Photography: Adam Ramsay