San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art to Honor the 2019 Keepers of the Culture

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On February 9, 2019, the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art in collaboration with the San Diego History Center will host the 2nd annual recognition of individual’s whose contributions have resulted in retaining and expanding the cultural expressions that are uniquely African American.

The event will be from 5:30-7:30 PM at the San Diego History Center, located in Balboa Park, Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3 San Diego, CA 92101.

From the Museum’s statement:

This recognition has become exceedingly important during this time when we see the rich and diverse array of aesthetics, expressions and styles inherent in African American culture continue to be limited or all together omitted by major institutions. This event is free but space is limited. To reserve your seat please log here or call 619.232.6203.

The 2019 honorees include:

Dajahn Blevins, Founder/Director of KuumbaFest – In recognition of his extraordinary commitment to the Legacy African Americans through the creation of KuumbaFest in 1993. His multi-generational productions utilize the arts to educate people from all walks of life about the brilliance of African and African American culture and history.

Manuelita Brown, Sculptor-in recognition of her extraordinary talent as a sculptor and activist through her art. She has have paved the way for future sculptors with her vast installations nationwide and willingness to pass on her knowledge to any and all who are interested

Makeda ‘Dread’ Cheatom – Founder/Director, The World Beat Center in Balboa Park. In recognition of her vision for cultural awareness that resulted in major gift to the City of San Diego, the development of the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. She has brought international recognition to the beauty found in the art and culture of the Africa Diaspora.

Our honorees will participant on a panel which will allow us to learn more about each of them as they discuss the importance of preserving one’s culture. The panel moderator is Ms. Dyana Williams. Ms. Williams is founder of Influence Entertainment. Ebony Magazine called her the Godmother of Black Music for among other things, her efforts to have the month of June named Black Music Mont and legislatively recognized by United States Congress. She is an award winning Radio and TV personality who can be seen often on TVOne’s hit series UNSUNG.

About the San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been preserving our region’s history and making it available to the public since 1928. It operates its flagship museum in the heart of Balboa Park as well as the Junípero Serra Museum in historic Presidio Park and tells the diverse stories of our region’s past. The History Center is the steward of our heritage and the principal resource for San Diego history.

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