Chanel Compton, Executive Director
Chanel Compton believes that art, expression, and cultural education can heal and revitalize communities. She previously served as Director of Education for the Prince George’s African American Museum as well as the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, developing and leading funding initiatives for programs to support minority youth and communities. At the Prince George’s African American Museum, she developed nationally and internationally recognized youth programs such as Culture Keepers (teen after-school program), Early Keepers (early childhood program), and Museum-In-A-Box (in-class museum presentations). Addressing the need for culturally relevant experiences in schools and communities, these programs have garnered a 2-year partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools, serving over 2,000 students annually and more than 40 schools throughout the County.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University and went on to complete a graduate degree in Arts Management from American University, gaining extensive training in non-profit organizational leadership. Ms. Compton has been a life-long supporter of museums; stating, “A museum can be such a powerful place. An entity that inspires a new generation of leaders and innovators, a place of unity and connection, a place of learning, and a place of individual and collective transformation. It is so powerful for community residents, especially youth, visiting our museum to learn about their local history and the role models that came from those communities. It provides a closer connection to their history and potential for greatness.” As Executive Director, Ms. Compton is dedicated to sharing the mission and values of PGAAMCC to preserve, celebrate, and amplify the voices of Prince George’s County.
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Mona Osuchukwu, Executive Assistant / Marketing Coordinator
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Laura Perez is a lyricist, educator, fundraiser, and advocate for the arts with eleven years of experience working with educational institutions, museums, non-profits, and the Washington, DC hip-hop and poetry communities; she specializes in program design and management, arts integration, and cultural competence. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in African American Literature at Howard University, focusing her research on cultural hybridity and shifting identity within contemporary literary works of racial satire. Following graduation, she designed and led a District of Columbia Public Schools sponsored course that intertwined hip-hop with issues of social justice and identity. She then went on to serve as Program Director of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC. Currently, Laura is the Director of Education and Programs at Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood, Maryland and continues to design and implement programs that make connections between the arts, history, culture, social justice, and identity.
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Treston Sanders, Gallery Coordinator
Treston Sanders serves as the Gallery Coordinator for the museum. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Carolina A&T as a Visual Design major. A Greensboro, North Carolina native he brings his lighting and design expertise to the museum. As a historian, teaching artist, and graffiti artist he has trained under multiple curators and display specialists. Additionally Treston has worked as an educator for the International Civil Rights Museum.
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Synatra Smith, Education Coordinator
Synatra is currently the Education Coordinator at PGAAMCC and provides Spanish translation Early Keepers, a children’s program dedicated to teaching 3-7 year olds about Prince George’s County history and important figures. She earned her Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University, where she developed an interest in globally-conscious community engagement. Following graduation, she joined the founding team of VoiceLots, Inc., a technology startup that has developed a global social impact mobile application that offers scalable geospatial, marketing, and fundraising tools to help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of philanthropic work. She is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
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Esther Danner, Office Manager
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