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2024 – African Americans and the Arts

African American artists — poets, writers, visual artists, and dancers — have historically served as change agents through their crafts.


African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

 

Curious about the past Black History Month Themes, visit https://asalh.org/black-history- themes/

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