Black-Owned Museums & Galleries In Los Angeles
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Art-lovers, if you find yourself in the City of Angeles be sure to support these museums and galleries that not only exhibit works by black artists, but are also black-owned and fabulous.
California African American Museum
Founded in 1977, the California African American Museum (CAAM) is located in Exposition Park in South Los Angeles. The Museum’s permanent collection houses 4,000 objects that span landscape painting and portraiture, modern and contemporary art, historical objects and print materials and mixed-media artworks. According to the website, the museum “has a strong mandate to support the work of under-represented artists of color and to think expansively about the way African American artists have contributed to American culture and the world at large.”
The William Grant Still Arts Center
The WGSAC was also founded in 1977 and offers summer camp, creative workshops, music and art classes for adults and youth, an exhibition space, and concerts for free or low-cost to be accessible to everyone in the community. The art center is located in the mid-city area of Los Angeles.
The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum
The mission of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM) is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and celebrate the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent. MCLM’s vision is to serve as a world-class cultural institution dedicated to educating audiences about the legacy of African and African-American creativity, genius, and resilience. The museum has 4 exhibit galleries as well as a variety of public programming including performances, readings, film screenings, concerts, lectures, book signings, special events, and workshops.
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According to their website, Nous Tous is an artist-run gallery and community space that supports emerging talent and serves as a platform for cultural exchange, and dialogue. The gallery is supported by Citizens Of Culture, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses arts programs to develop critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Be sure to check them out if you find yourself in Los Angeles’ Chinatown district.