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First Friday - Black History Month Exhibits Opening Reception

McGuffey Art Center is honored to present Black History Month 2019, a month-long celebration of the black creative community in Charlottesville.  Our building will be dedicated to showing the work of black visual and performing artists, several of whom will be making their debut exhibits. Featured artists include Darrell Rose, Rose Hill, Michael E. Williams, Anthony Scott, JaeJae Johnson, Dena Jennings, Bolanle Adeboye, Liz Cherry Jones, Sahara Clemons ... and more!

We will have performing artists every Saturday during the month. Performers include Chihamba, Pilgrim Baptist Church Mens Choir, Storyteller Page West Hill, Baba Jamal Koram: The Story Man, The Sound Machine (R&B and Jazz), iDance Ministry. Check back for more details about our performance schedule!

We’re happy to host a Congo mask-making workshop presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as part of their programming for the exhibit Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa.


Waiting for the Parade by Michael E. Williams

Our Black History Month exhibit is only the beginning of a shift in our organizational commitment to actively removing barriers of accessibility, with a focus on sustainable, community-focused inclusion.  Toward this end, our goal is to fund and implement permanent outreach programs and partnership with other community art centers and service organizations.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of this program, McGuffey is reaching out to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to request your financial support. We have established a budget of $7,500 to cover special events, waived fees, and general operational costs.

If you are interested in becoming an underwriter to this unique program, please contact: Bob Anderson,, 434-996-2457 or Nina Frances Burke, We are accepting tax deductible donations through our fiscal agent, Fractured Atlas. Click their logo to go to our project page.