Celebrating the artistic legacy of indigenous Africans and peoples of African Diaspora in the Americas
We are committed to raising public awareness and appreciation for the artistic legacy of indigenous Africans and peoples of the African Diaspora. We serve as catalysts to ensure that these outstanding artistic contributions will be enjoyed and valued by future generations.
FAAAA is well known for its outstanding and innovative programs and events planned in conjunction with the DIA's curatorial staff. Each year, we honor individuals who have demonstrated dedication to the promotion and understanding of African American culture at our Alain L. Locke Awards program. The Margaret Herz Demant Award for African Art is presented yearly to a distinguished scholar for their contributions to the study, collecting, and appreciation of African art.
Some of FAAAA’s most successful past events include Bal African, historically one of Detroit’s premier fundraising events, as well as Hot in Havana, a celebration of Afro-Cuban culture. Revenue generated from such events is used to sponsor educational programs, such as lectures, and to acquire works of art for the DIA’s African and African American art collections. Since its inception, FAAAA has contributed to the acquisition of over 60 works of art for the museum’s collection.
- Enhance your knowledge of African and African American art
- Contribute to the growth of the DIA's African and African American art collections
- Network with other art enthusiasts
- Attend lectures by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and art scholars
- Attend select FAAAA events and receptions at reduced or no cost
- Visit private and public collections and artists' studios locally and nationally
- Participate in Bal Africain®, FAAAA's annual fundraising event
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In order to be eligible for membership in FAAAA, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Megan Davis, Chair
Nate Wallace, Vice Chair
Tiffany Jackson, Secretary
Roderick Hardamon, Treasurer
Asmaa Walton, Membership Chair
Joni Thrower Davis
Hon. Charles W. Anderson, III
Marlene S. Chavis, A.D.
Ellen H. Kahn
- Valerie Mercer: Curator- GM Center for African-American Art
- Nii O. Quarcoopome, Ph.D: Co-Chief Curator & Department Head- Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
- Carly Britton - Events Officer, Development
- Azzah Smith - Manager, Guest Sales
- Colleen McNamara - Administrative Assistant, Arts of Africa, Oceania and Indigenous Americas
GM Center for African-American Art: 313-833-4004