African American Museum in Philadelphia

9 Jun 2017


Arresting Patterns, African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo by M.Edlow.


Shawn Theodore, Church of Broken Pieces, African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo by M.Edlow.

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. In 2017, the museum received a Center Discovery grant to develop an artist residency program for emerging black artists in Philadelphia. In 2020, AAMP received a Center Project grant for Rising Sun – Artists and an Uncertain America (working title), a collaborative project with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for which both museums will commission and present the work of 30 contemporary artists to address the canon of American art and the necessary work of re-appraisal, reckoning, and repair as institutions and artists work together toward more equitable museum spaces. In 2021, the museum received a Re:imagining Recovery grant to expand its digital strategies to make its live programming and exhibitions, as well as newly created content, more fully available online.