FAAAC celebrates a decade of service

The Friends of African American Art & Culture will celebrate its 10th Anniversary during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. One of three CMA affinity groups, FAAAC was officially established by the CMA Board of Directors in July 2011.  Look for exciting new programming and a members-only event to commemorate this milestone throughout the year!  


We are brought together by our appreciation for the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans.

The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) is a CMA membership affinity group inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, and ages.

No matter the medium, African-American art evokes a vibrant culture, an indomitable spirit and a strong sense of place. As an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art, Friends of African American Art & Culture offers museum members a chance to step behind the canvas and discover what compels these artists to create the work they do.

FAAAC membership privileges:

  • Access to private gatherings at the homes and/or studios of world-renowned creators of African-American art
  • Opportunities to speak with artists about the stories behind their work and their creation process within their selected medium
  • Access to local and regional tours and events
  • Connection to a diverse group of African-American art enthusiasts
  • Advance notice on special events through our monthly newsletter

You'll be in great company!

FAAAC Board Members

Get in Touch!

To find out more about the FAAAC, email us at faaac@columbiamuseum.org.

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$ 5 for Students

$15 for Avant Garde and Solo

$25 for other membership levels

You'll have a chance to add the Friends of African American Art and Culture to your membership during checkout.

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What have we been up to?

Download the FAAAC's FY20 Annual Report to learn more.

FAAAC Members Stay Connected

  • Enduring Spirit Awards

    The Enduring Spirit Awards honor the outstanding achievements of African American women in the Midlands who are working to improve their communities.
    They are named in honor of the work of Columbia artist Tyrone Geter who credits his mother as the inspiration for his art.

  • A Backstage Look at Art

    FAAAC members get up close and personal with visits to the private homes and studios of world-renowned artists

  • A Finger on the Pulse

    The FAAAC creates rich programming to keep you connected with African American culture in South Carolina. Not only that, they keep you informed of what's happening elsewhere in the region so you never miss a beat.


Enduring Spirit Award Winners

The Enduring Spirit Awards honor the outstanding achievements of African American women in the Midlands who are working to improve their communities.

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Recorded September 6, 2020

FAAAC Presents Forever Beautiful: A Storytelling Celebration

Kwame Brathwaite’s photography popularized the political slogan “Black is Beautiful” throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, and it still resonates as powerfully today as it did at the height of the second Harlem Renaissance. To honor the work of Brathwaite, the history of the culture, and the continued importance of the message, join CMA affinity group Friends of African American Arts & Culture (FAAAC) as they bring together Black lovers of art to share their experiences and explore the impact and relevance of Brathwaite’s photography in today’s political and cultural climate.