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For this panel, we assembled five of the nation’s top African American arts museum directors and curators for a thought provoking discussion on the role of history collectors versus history preservers as well as the historic role of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Library and other artistic and cultural organizations. From Jacob Lawrence to Bennie Andrews, the black visual arts archive has also been challenged to properly document the lives and careers of African American visual artists. The panel The “Art” of Black Visual Archives: Who Has Them? Where Are They? examines the importance of preserving and telling the history of black artists and photographers as well as other culturally important people, institutions and movements. Moderated by the Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem Thelma Golden, the discussion  includes the founder of Chicago’s Rebuild Foundation, Theaster Gates, the Director of Los Angeles’ Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Director of the Perez Art Museum, Miami Franklin Sirmans, and African American photo historian, curator, and photographer, Deborah Willis. The panel also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers ArtMakers Advisory Committee.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Thursday, December 3, 2020 as the third installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.


Advisory Board

Image of Marie Brown 
Marie Brown 
Marie Brown Associates
Literary Agency 
Image of Donald Byrd 
Donald Byrd 
Artistic Director 
​​​Spectrum Dance Theater
Image of Denys Cowan 
Denys Cowan 
​​​​​​Milestone Media 
Image of Patricia Cruz 
Patricia Cruz 
Executive Director 
Harlem Stage 
Image of Amina Dickerson 
Amina Dickerson 
Dickerson Global Advisors
Image of George Faison 
George Faison 
American Performing
Arts Collaborative Inc.

Image of Joanne V. Gabbin
Joanne V. Gabbin 
Professor & Founder 
Furious Flower Poetry Conference 
James Madison University 
Image of Jerry Pinkney 
Jerry Pinkney 
Five Time Caldecott Medal recipient 
Image of Denise Sanders Thompson 
Denise Sanders Thompson 
President & CEO The International
Association of Blacks in Dance 
Image of Franklin Sirmans 
Franklin Sirmans 
Perez Art Museum Miami 
Image of Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin 
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin 
Executive Producer 
National Black Theatre Festival 
Image of Donald S. Sutton 
Donald S. Sutton 
Literary Trustee 
The Ntozake Shange Revocable Trust 


Date and Time

Thursday, December 3, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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