Today we are featuring the rich history of the arts in Northeast Ohio. Below are different opportunities to see and support the arts within our community.
The Memory Project highlights the work of artists who were featured in:
Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005
An exhibition at Cleveland State University Art Gallery which ran from from January 23 to March 7, 2009.
Current has on displayed
On view November 24, 2017 – March 4, 2018.
celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was created by Cleveland-based artist Cannaday Chapman
in collaboration with the Black Googlers Network (BGN) and was featured on Cleveland.com
Looking for a local way “to celebrate, stimulate, and encourage the study of works created by African and African American artist”? Think about joining Friends of African and African American Art.
Our next featured local resource is the African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Established in 1970, the archives mission is to “collect, preserve and make accessible historic documents, photographs, memorabilia, art, and artifacts pertaining to African American life, history and culture in Northeast Ohio.” Online you can browse through their catalog to see the archive’s holdings and its location within the Historical Society. Additionally they offer an useful subjects tab that lets you narrow your search results. It should be noted that there are materials that cover national history as well.
For information on the African American Archives Auxiliary or to find out how to support its work, contact:
African American Archives Auxiliary, Acting President
Western Reserve Historical Society, Board of Directors, Ex-Officio Member
Additional programs at the Western Reserve Historical Society:
Our first featured local resource is Cleveland Historical: “Developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical lets you explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped the city’s history.”
There is an amazing wealth of information on landmarks and events telling the story of life in Cleveland. This site offers pictures, recorded oral history, news clippings, and cited sources to continue your own research. They organize topics by “Tours” which is centered around a single topic and the different Below is a link to African Americans in Cleveland, a Tour spanning over a 100 years of public and personal accounts.
In observance of African-American History Month we will be highlighting local African-American history and research from the Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio area. To start off we have an article from two years ago by the Plain Dealer which was the source material for the text I used in the display in our library.