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, the FAAAC 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!
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To find out more about the FAAAC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add an FAAAC membership to your existing CMA membership:
$ 5 for Students
$15 for Avant Garde and Solo
$25 for other membership levels
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Chaye Alexander Presents Live on Boyd Plaza Featuring Conversation PieceThe season premiere features Charlotte-based contemporary jazz sextet Conversation Piece. With Willie Walker on bass guitar and vocals, Carl Ratliff on saxophone and flute, Darryl Payton on trombone, Charlton Taylor on keyboards, Derek McCoy on guitar, and Christian Whitley on drums, Conversation Piece has one goal in mind: to ensure a good time is had by all.
FAAAC Members Stay Connected
Recorded February 19, 2023
FAAAC presents A Conversation with Hafizah Augustus Geter and Tyrone Geter
On the heels of her recently released debut memoir, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race and Origin, celebrated author and poet Hafizah Augustus Geter joins the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) for a reception, book-signing, and moderated talk. The author is joined by her father, world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator, and educator Tyrone Geter, who provided the inspiring artwork featured on the book jacket and throughout the pages of The Black Period.
Dr. Nancy Tolson, FAAAC board member, CMA commissioner, and assistant director of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, guides the discussion.
An Evening with Kimberly Drew
In partnership with the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art & Design and the Department of African American Studies, the Friends of African American Art & Culture hosts an evening with Kimberly Drew. Learn about her experiences in creative careers and how she champions Black art and culture and advocates for radical art access. Drew is a curator, activist, and author of soon-to-be released Black Futures, an anthology of contemporary Black experiences, and This Is What I Know About Art, part of a young adult series featuring big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. She most recently worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour.
Back to Our Roots: Celebrating African American Food Culture
The Friends of African American Art & Culture explored food culture across the African Diaspora and the benefits of plant-based eating in a unique twist on our annual meeting. The evening kicked off with a brief year-in-review followed by a conversation with local chefs, a food tasting, and music by Beyond the Deep. Featuring Chef Folami Geter of A Peace of Soul; Chef Saa of Rawtopian Bliss; Health Educator Bonita Clemons of Dianne’s Call; and KJ Kearney, founder of Charleston’s Red Rice Day (moderator).
In Celebration of Dreamers
In this unique MLK Day celebration, the Friends of African American Art & Culture hosts a day of renewal to celebrate those who are keeping Dr. King’s dream alive — the doers, the change makers, the everyday people working to make our world a better place. Recharge by immersing yourself in art, culture, and community.
Artist Talk with Winston and Rosa Eugene
The Friends of African American Art & Culture partners with McKissick Museum for an intimate conversation with self-taught African American potters Winton and Rosa Eugene. For thirty years, this husband and wife artistic duo has produced a body of functional wares and sculptural works that speak to Southerners’ shared experiences and seek to address issues that resonate with them. Hear about the couples’ artistic process and how they have sustained a thriving arts-based business. This FAAAC talk complements Place It / Face It : Pottery by Eugene, an exhibition on view at McKissick Museum through December 15.
Join the Friends of African American Art & Culture as we bring the cinematic experience of Black Panther to the CMA. The evening kicks off with a brief FAAAC year-in-review followed by an interactive conversation between Marvel Comics illustrator Sanford Greene and comic book expert and USC professor Dr. Qiana Whitted. Our journey to Wakanda doesn’t end there. Continue the celebration as we dance to the sounds of Afrobeat, sip on vibranium and heart-shaped herb cocktails, taste authentic African cuisine, and more. Wakanda-inspired attire encouraged.
Sip & Scribble
Let your creativity flow with CMA membership affiliate Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) during Sip and Scribble. The coloring book party features pages designed by S.C. artist Maya Smith (who will be in attendance), a complimentary glass of wine, and smooth sounds of jazz and soul music.
Innovative artists Michaela Pilar Brown and Colin Quashie discuss their creative processes as well as their respective works of art that the CMA recently acquired. Brown’s work, Speak No, uses everyday objects such as plastic soldiers and rhinestones to highlight the ways in which the black body is often seen as foreign and different in American society. Based on the popular board game, Quashie’s Plantation Monopoly retells the violent history of slavery through the memorable visuals of the game. Previously exhibited as part of REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art and well-received by visitors, these pieces bring attention to the continuing discussion about race and culture in American society. Moderated by CMA Consulting Curator Porchia Moore.