Don't let this small building fool you! This museum contains a permanent collection of more than 150 artifacts. This collection includes a number of special pieces that includes sculptures and masks from African countries of Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Kenya. It does a great job at showing the heritage and the art of African American heritage. The museum also offers different events, classes, and seasonal art exhibits throughout the year. They also offer a summer camp for children.
The African American Museum of the Arts was founded by Irene and Maxwell Johnson in 1994. After several meetings with community leaders as well as friends the museums doors was getting closer to opening their doors. It was in 1995 the museum was able to be incorporated and later that spring the museum received a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit tax-exempt status and finally opened its doors to the public on October 8th, 1995.
The museums location is in historic Deland, Florida and houses a plethora of African American artifacts which includes art and culture. The Johnson family wanted to establish a museum that served as a learning experience to those young and old. They believe in participating in a positive outreach manner especially for children. They also felt it would be nice to have a place were African Americans could come together and house their artworks.
Today the museum hosts events such as festivals, film presentations, and even summer camps for the little ones. You can also get involved by signing up for a membership and there are a variety of memberships to select from.
Free Summer Camp http://daytonatimes.com/2015/06/free-summer-camp-still-available-for-deland-kids/
Free Time Florida http://www.freetimeflorida.com/2010/11/african-american-museum-of-arts-deland.html
National Trust for Historic Preservation http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/distinctive-destinations/locations/African-American-Museum-of-the-Arts.html
The official website http://www.africanmuseumdeland.org/
Photo Credits: http://www.africanmuseumdeland.org/