The cost of FAAAC membership is $15 for Individual members or $25 for all other members, in addition to the cost of museum membership.

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The Friends of African American Art & Culture is a CMA membership affiliate group inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, and ages. We are brought together by our appreciation for the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans.

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.

Enduring Spirit Awards

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 culture of African-American art enthusiasts
  • Advance notice on special events through our monthly newsletter



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Fashion and Business

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Lively Talk and Discussion at 2015 Annual Meeting

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Visit to Home and Studio of Artist Tyrone Geter

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In the Studios of Cecil Williams

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Artist James McMillan at an FAAAC event at Gallery West

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In the Studios of Leo Twiggs

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Student Film Competition: Our Story Matters

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Artists Tarleton Blackwell, Leo Twiggs and Larry Lebby discuss their work during a "Sneak Peek" for the REMIX exhibition

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An evening with artist Joseph Norman at the CMA


Allen Coles

The FAAAC has a diverse membership that is dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans. By participating in FAAAC events you are adding value to your CMA experience.

Ardis Savory

The opportunity to participate in FAAAC events these past four years has been educational entertaining, and rewarding for me. The breadth of programs encompasses something for everyone from painting and photography to music and fashion; I have learned a great deal. From my viewpoint, the most exciting activity has been the “Art in The Neighborhood” and the trips we have taken together to the homes and studios of such artists as Gerald Williams in Sumter and Tyrone Geter in Columbia. What a wonderful way to make new friends and to hear these creative artists discuss their work.

Edwina Fields

When I retired and subsequently decided to move home to Columbia, one of my friends reminded me that the Columbia Museum of Art was one of the best in the United States and that I should become a member. Little did I know that I would also have an opportunity to join FAAAC and become involved in the many outstanding activities throughout the year.

Ted and Margaret Williams

The FAAAC field trip that included that Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden tour, which was the highlight of the day for me, allowed my wife Margaret and I, along with other members of FAAAC, to leisurely cruise Pearl’s garden. Without the distraction of being a working horticulturist I saw the amazing art. Wonderful abstract shapes. Perfectly proportioned geometric images. I saw the art thanks to being a member of the FAAAC that placed me in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

Jonathan Kirkwood

I am very pleased to be able to view the art of African-American artists and be able to join in the discussions to learn more about them as well as things that inspire the great work that they do.

Ed Schmunes

The FAAAC has provided a chance to have active communication with individuals who have a great appreciation for African-American art and culture​.

Wanda Carter

Poet Thomas Merson once said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." This is undeniably true. Become a CMA/FAAAC member in 2016!! :)