North Brentwood, MD (Dec. 1, 2016) – Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), in conjunction with the Office of the County Executive Rushern Baker, visited Cuba, from November 15th– 20th to promote business international opportunities and artist exchanges for Prince George’s County. Chanel Compton, PGAAMCC Executive Director, took part in this delegation, and spoke with local Cuban artists and cultural organizations such as UNEAC and the Cuban Ministry of Culture. PGAAMCC looks forward to partnering with local organizations and agencies such as the Prince George’s Humanities Council, who also attended the Delegation, to foster connections with Cuban artists and arts organizations and build towards future partnerships, specifically within the Museum’s Education Department.
The Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center is committed to promoting the process of cultural exchange as it relates to the African Diaspora and artistic expression. In 2014, PGAAMCC created and facilitated a year-long cultural exchange project in partnership with Museu Afro in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Through this exchange, PGAAMCC’s teen after school program, Culture Keepers, collaborated with the Museum’s Afro’s program for local youth, Onarin Koja, to create works of public art and promote cross-cultural communication. It was a transformative experience for everyone involved in the program. PGAAMCC is committed to developing more Diasporic cultural exchanges for our youth and local artists, and we are excited for the opportunity to develop such partnerships in Cuba.