Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts 9375

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts


Blackbaud is highlighting three customer organizations to celebrate Black History Month! Open to learn more.

It’s Black History Month in the US and Canada and we’re excited to observe the rich and extraordinary contributions of black leaders to the cultural landscape. This year’s theme in the US, “African Americans and the Arts,” celebrates the creativity, resilience, and innovation of black Americans who have shaped our society.

Throughout history, black people across North America have played a vital role in the arts, influencing music, literature, visual and performing arts, and many more forms of cultural expression. To celebrate, Blackbaud is shining a light on three US customer organizations that are reaching their communities and beyond to share the African American story as told through the arts. Take a few minutes to learn more about their missions. Plus, learn about little known facts or new exhibits to explore, shared by their representatives. And last but not least, share with your peers and colleagues!
National Museum of African American Music | Nashville, Tennessee

“One thing people would be surprised to know is that they can find most genres of music represented within these walls and over 400+ years of music history represented as well. There is something for everyone to love and to discover here at the National Museum of African American Music.”

Candice N. Jones
Director of Marketing & Communications
JazzArts Charlotte | Charlotte, NC

“One thing that people might be surprised to learn about our organization is that in our 2023 fiscal year, 54% of the students in our JazzArts Academy were people of color. Since its inception, JazzArts Charlotte has been committed to creating an organizational culture and practices that support and enforce diversity, inclusion, and access. As an African American-led non-profit organization, it is intentional about incorporating practices of racial equity and diversity throughout our governance, operations, and programming. Learn more about JazzArts Charlotte at www.thejazzarts.org.”

Dr. Patrick Brown
Education Director
The Hip Hop Museum | Bronx, New York

“Visitors will be surprised to learn at The Hip Hop Museum, how Hip Hop music has also driven tech innovation in sound recording. From sampling our parent’s vinyl at the culture’s inception in 1973 to the rise of cassettes and mixtapes. And THHM will illustrate how recording technology’s trajectory has been spurred on by Hip Hop music. It’s important to show our visitors how the creation and delivery of Hip Hop music to the world has consistently evolved. Particularly for Black History Month, early recording artists like Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey would marvel at how far the influence of this musical culture born of Black expression and creativity has come.”

Rocky Bucano
Executive Director
News Community News 02/01/2024 11:18am EST

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I would love to visit each of these. Time to plan a Road Trip or two, or three!

Great organizations! I'd love to visit each of these.

Thanks for highlighting these orgs, Jessica. I feel like you could easily spend a couple days studying at any of these.

Thank you for celebrating and highlighting Black History culture! ?

We love uplifting observances that celebrate the rich culture of many of our employees. Happy Black History Month Angela!