A Journey Through the African Diaspora
The Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Museums Connect grant for the project A Journey through the African Diaspora. PGAAMCC’s high school after school program, Culture Keepers, partnered with an after-school program Onarin Koja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both school groups will research the African Diaspora and engage in Cultural Exchange in the Spring of 2014. Museums Connect is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.
- Background: The African Diaspora refers to communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples in Africa. The term has historically applied to descendants of Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, with the largest population in the USA and Brazil.
- Participants:Suitland High School in Forestville, MD. and EMEFM Antionio Sampio High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Culmination: A travel cultural exchange with PGAAMCC Culture Keepers students and faculty from CVPA Suitland High School and faculty and students from Sao Paulo, Brazil. A public mural project that reflects the African Diaspora in Prince George’s County will be completed during the cultural exchange. The mural will be installed at a public location in Prince George’s County with high visibility.
- Community Impact: This project will impact communities throughout Prince George’s County through community arts events, mural installations, international cultural exchanges/dialogue, and community partnerships. This is going to be a ground breaking opportunity for youth and community members in Prince George’s County and we will be internationally recognized as a County that celebrates and innovatively shares our history, art, and culture.