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
- Spring 2019 – Music is Art, Music is Philosophy, Music is History: The Legacy of Dr. William Grant Still
- Spring 2018 – How The West Got Funked Up!
- Spring 2017 – Nearly Gone Gal: The Rescued Archives of Nellie Lutcher
Spring 2016 – So What! The Artistry of Miles Davis
- Spring 2015 – Love You Madly – A Portrait of Duke Ellington
- Spring 2014 – I Got My Pride – The Blues Tales of Leadbelly
- Spring 2013 – Arkestry of the Cosmos – The Universe Language of Sun Ra
- Spring 2012 – Deeds Not Words – The Life and Work of Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln
- Spring 2011 – A New Day – Nina Simone
- Spring 2010- The High Priest of Bop – The Jazz Odyssey of Thelonious Monk
- Spring 2009 – Charles Mingus (as part of the DCA Musical Caravan, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts)