Monday, January 21 2013 - 5:00 pm
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ
Url: Cape May Mac
Celebrate our region's African American heritage at an exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., that will explore the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life.
The public is invited to attend the free exhibit opening of "Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County," on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open on Saturdays, Jan. 19 through March 16, Feb. 17 and daily, March 22 through April 14 (except Easter Sunday, March 31). Hours vary. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
This exhibit will uncover the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life. Because the African American community is often ignored by mainstream organizations, the GEMS, Masons, Eastern Stars and the Black USO - to name a few - have emerged with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of African Americans. In addition, black organizations can serve specific needs that only pertain to African American families. Hundreds of these organizations exist nationwide with local chapters in cities and towns. The focus of this exhibit will be the black organizations of Cape May County.
The Center for Community Arts is a multicultural educational non-profit organization whose arts and humanities programs foster creativity, community building, and appreciation for the rich diversity of our world. The Center's Community History Program is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating Cape May's African American heritage through exhibits, tours, and its John and Janet Nash African American History Archive. The Center is currently rehabilitating the Franklin Street School, a Cape May African American Historic Site, to house a community cultural center, runs youth arts programs and operates WCFA-LP 101.5 FM, a community radio station. For further information, call 609-884-7525 or access CCA's web site at www.CenterforCommunityArts.org.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's Web site at www.capemaymac.org.