Monthly archives: January, 2015

The American Negro Exhibtion: A Preview

Did you know that the Chicago Coliseum was considered to be one of the greatest indoor facilities of the 19th century?! This Chicago landmark was considered to be a marvel for its time and a model for future arena construction. Stop by to learn more about this structure and how it relates to our exhibit.

We invite you to take a look back in history, browse through some literature and even take a selfie with the artwork featured in “The American Negro Exhibition”

Be sure to upload your selfie via Twitter and direct them to us @AACCatUIC using the hashtag #MyFaceNHistory

~Curated by AACC Graduate Assistant – Jacqueline Smith






On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the African-American Cultural Center (AACC) in collaboration with the African-American Academic Network,(AAAN) hosted #CommunityMatters, the first of an ongoing series of student-centered collaborations between the two units.  This dynamic event was well-attended by students, faculty, and staff of UIC.  Students were engaged in round-table discussions, ice-breakers, storytelling, and asset mapping.  #CommunityMatters provides a forum for student-centered conversations around pressing issues and concerns.


Welcoming students to the AACC information table – Brenda Pinkett-Little, Assistant Program Director


Great time with some great people!! Thanks to all that showed up. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s event:

Coming Soon: The American Negro Exhibition


Thursday, January 22, 2015

12 n – 1:30 pm

AACC Library, 200 Addams Hall

The American Negro Exhibition: A Preview

Presentation by curator Jacqueline Smith, MA candidate in Museum and Exhibition Studies & AACC Graduate Research Assistant

Jacqueline Smith previews the AACC spring exhibit: “The American Negro Exhibition,” which uses objects, images and historical narrative to explore the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. The 1940 Exposition, hosted by the historic Chicago Coliseum, marked 75 years of African-American freedom from slavery, and publicly presented the accomplishments of Black Americans to public audiences.

In her preview, Smith discusses the contributions of black artists’ such as sculptor Elizabeth Catlett and painter Charles Alston, and gives an overview of Cavalcade of the American Negro, an exhaustive history of Black accomplishments and achievements.

UrBs In Horto – Spring 2015 Event Calendar


The spring 2015 Brown Bag Series is Back!

Join us for this semester’s brown bag series.  Spring2015_Calendar-01 (1)


Please join us for a special King Day celebration as The African American Academic Network (AAAN) and the African American Cultural Center (AACC) invite UIC students, faculty and staff to participate in #CommunityMatters, the first event in an ongoing series of student-centered collaborations between the two units.

The AAAN and AACC collaboration contributes to creating a climate of diversity and equity in which individual students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed in their identifies, valued for their contributions, and feel their identities can be openly expressed wherever they live, work and study.

We look forward to seeing you for an afternoon of conversation, activities, and surprises!  Hope to see you there!



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