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Calif African American Museum  A hub for exploring African American art, history, and culture, with a focus on California and the West. Admission is free! #caaminla

‘California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865’ examines California’s underrecognized involvement with slavery in the 19th century. With powerful photographs, historical documents, and other ephemera, California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865 illuminates the state’s struggles over enslavement in an era that encompassed two wars and the establishment of California, first as a territory and then a state.

Come see this riveting exhibition on view until this Sunday, April 28.

Inspired by Charles White, who influenced many artists in his years as a teacher, join us for our Youth Now Professional Development Workshops workshop series on professional development in the arts for high school-aged youth, led by USC Graduate Students and Faculty. Tomorrow's (4.23) session from 12 - 4:30pm will utilize Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to learn leadership and public speaking skills. Presented in conjunction with Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary. The event will take place during the school day. School field trip coordination and group RSVP required.

How did Jefferson L. Edmonds, a former slave, come to found a newspaper, advocate for improved social and economic conditions, document the growing African American population in Los Angeles, and report on injustices locally and nationally? Presented in conjunction with The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, join Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project and exhibition co-curator, for a discussion with educators from Facing History and Ourselves: The Liberator. Edmonds shares her family’s perseverance, how she discovered this story and its impact on Los Angeles, and how this history can be brought to Southern California classrooms. Come listen next Sunday (4.28) from 3:30 - 4:30pm.

Installed near the entrance to CAAM is Charles Dickson's sculpture, Wishing on a Star. His intrepid astronaut is a testament to artistic environmentalism, as Dickson repurposed several hundred pounds of rebar, old tools, circuit boards, and other discarded items for this work. In celebration of Earth Day, tomorrow (4.20) from 1-3pm, upcycle materials and use your artistic and engineering creativity to make a wind-powered kinetic sculpture that balances and moves.

Tomorrow (4.19) from 1 - 2pm, tour "The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914" with exhibition co-curators @tyreebp, History Curator and Program Manager at CAAM; @taylorpatrice, Assistant History Curator at CAAM, and @arianneedmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project, to delve deeper into this trailblazing turn-of-the-century black publication.

Mecklenburg Morning & Evening Sunrise, 1986
Romare Bearden

Bearden's work is on view in our exhibition 'Aspects of Nude: Selections from the Permanent Collection.'

Hear from Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and George O. Davis, Executive Director, California African American Museum in our series ‘In Conversation.’ The two will discuss CAAM’s history, the power of civic engagement, the ability for art and creative expression to transform communities, and the future of culturally specific institutions tomorrow (4.14) from 2-4pm.

Tomorrow (4.13) from 2-4pm, Author Laura Atkins will discuss her new release from Heyday Books, "Biddy Mason Speaks Up," co-written with Arisa White. The book explores Mason’s life and gives readers tools for speaking up in their own communities. Additionally, Susan Anderson, Director of Collections, Library, Exhibitions, and Programs at the California Historical Society, will present on slavery and resistance in California’s history. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865."

Every second Saturday enjoy an in-depth tour of selected exhibitions led by passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council. Tomorrow (4.13) from 1-2pm join a spirited conversation about our exhibition Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns.

Artist @adiamillett discusses her work on display at CAAM in “Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns." “I can give so many examples of how in our lives we are given situations—we are given a piece of fabric, we’re given a space—and have opportunities to shift them into something else. We can create something more beautiful out of something decaying.” “Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns" is on view February 5 - August 25, 2019.

Video by @hrdwrker

Next Friday (4.19) from 1 - 2pm, tour "The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914" with exhibition co-curators @tyreebp, History Curator and Program Manager at CAAM; @taylorpatrice, Assistant History Curator at CAAM, and @arianneedmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project, to delve deeper into this trailblazing turn-of-the-century black publication.

#blackhistory: On April 10, 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes first black player signed to a Major League Baseball contract.

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