The Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums and Communities is the first center in the country devoted exclusively to the research and documentation of African and African Diaspora museums and the communities they serve, incorporated as a nonprofit corporation with its first trustees appointed. A site was for the Center was identified and the development of its collection was undertaken in earnest in 2009.
The preliminary research undertaken for Virginia Black museums and communities followed by research on museums and galleries at HBCU’s specifically with its first partner the James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University established a focus and a direction for the Center. The Center aims to be a leader in the field in audience development research for African Diaspora museums, develops cultural arts education programs at many different grade levels in partnership with local school systems. Area teachers will eventually be able to earn graduate credit through teacher workshops, and gallery talks at partner museums and professional meetings and conferences with Black museum professionals and others. The Center will host field research for museum studies, other humanities, and science students in collaboration with participating HBCU’s.
The Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums and Communities (CFSAADMC) is a research institute posed to fill the gap in the academic record surrounding Blacks in museums worldwide and the communities that they serve, as well as prepare future generations through directed training to support and care for them.
The mission of the CFSAADMC is to serve as a Research Institute and Repository for housing, preserving, studying, publishing and disseminating information of African and African Diaspora museums to advance public education.
The Center will encourage scholarship through various programs including fellowships, seminars, lectures, internships and publications. We are unique in our effort to document the musicological history and culture of the African Diaspora. As a cultural documentary center we work to network with the lay community to gather and record the stories of African and African American cultures. To that end the Center conserves the rich resources of the community by gathering oral histories, collecting privately held multimedia, and documenting the critical contributions of information and resources supplied by organizations such as churches, benevolent societies, federated clubs, civic organizations, fraternal orders, and businesses as they specifically relate to the Black museums and communities’ experience. These collections will be cataloged and made available to the public at large.