Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The museum interprets and presents the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day, including historical and contemporary topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, medicine, politics, religion, sports, and entertainment.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) will engage in a discovery process to develop an artist residency program for emerging black artists in Philadelphia. During the year-long process, AAMP will create a pilot residency at Rush Arts Philadelphia, a gallery in the Olney neighborhood of North Philadelphia. An advisory board, including Rush Arts founder Danny Simmons, artists Hank Willis Thomas and Dread Scott, and curator Leslie Guy of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, along with creative workshops and discussions with the Olney community will inform the selection process for the artists in residence. Once selected, the artists will explore AAMP’s collections as a source of inspiration and research, as they create work that responds to pressing social issues and the local community’s interests. The discovery project will culminate with an exhibition at Rush Arts.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.