African-American Composers Series

The African-American Composer Exhibition and Music Education Series began at The William Grant Still Arts Center in 2009.  This exhibition series selects and celebrates the life and work of an African-American composer annually. Panels, concerts, exhibits, workshops, and other programs bring the exhibit to life.

The exhibition series is held in conjunction with The William Grant Still Arts Center’s African-American Heritage Education Program. Our Center focuses on teaching art skills, cultural history, and music through practice and playing experience via the works of groundbreaking musical innovators in the tradition of our namesake, Dr. William Grant Still, to beginning and intermediate students of all ages.

Spring 2020 African-American composer exhibition to be announced!

Past Year Exhibitions


A detail shot of the exhibition How the West Got Funked Up! (2018). The exhibition featured original vinyl and posters, as seen above.

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Mural at the opening of A New Day: Nina Simone, the third annual African-American composer series exhibition, which opened in Spring 2011. 

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An exhibition wall featuring a portrait of Ms. Lutcher and her archives from the 2015 Nearly Gone Gal: The Rescued Archives of Nellie Lutcher. Many of the objects featured in this exhibition were rescued from being discarded.