Through ongoing collaboration with the communities it serves, NAAM creates exhibitions that are relevant, inclusive, engaging, and entertaining. Our exhibitions explore the connections between our region and the history, art, and culture of people of African descent.
On view now in the Legacy Gallery
Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines
2016 Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program Exhibit
From inside the Artist Studio, NAAM Youth Curators present Drawing Attention Outside the Lines. The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper, a representation of legendary artists that span span three centuries recently on view at NAAM, inspires this exhibition. Over twelve sessions, Youth Curators received instruction to develop their artistic skill and through the process formed a deeper regard for African American artists. As Youth Curators challenged their creativity, they experienced the limitless potential for experimenting outside of self-imposed boundaries to express art through their own lens.
Finding value in art, being comfortable with creating it and interpreting it, is as much personal as it is public. Art appreciation is in the eye of the beholder; there are no mistakes. Experience the art and gain insight into the perspectives of students from this immersive art-making program.
2016 Youth Curator Program is supported by KeyBank Foundation.
The Atomic Frontier: Black Life in Hanford, WA
While many people know of the scientific research and discovery of nuclear weapons under the government code name of the Manhattan Project, few know how the contributions of African Americans helped realize this vision right here in Washington State.
The Atomic Frontier: Black Life at Hanford uncovers what it was like to work in secrecy on an undisclosed “war project” in the early 1940s, an experience complicated by discrimination, segregation, and the unfamiliar geographic landscape of eastern Washington.