The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s public programming and engagement efforts assert that Black female creativity is inextricably linked to interdisciplinary innovation and wholistic healing.

By providing a welcoming and safe space for intellectual and instinctual engagement, our programs strive to be a dynamic training ground and support system for Black creatives and a model for intergenerational community building. We are rooted in our mission, inspired by the works of art on view, and sensitive to the needs of our visitors. Our programs celebrate the dynamic points of entry into the Museum’s featured exhibitions.

Artist Guides is a series of public tours led by Georgia-based Black women cultural producers.

BLACK BOX is a site for play, dialogue, and creative risk taking that encourages artists of all disciplines to engage with others connected to their subject matter. Each program affords the opportunity for cultural producers to share in-progress works on the art and culture of the African Diaspora in front of an audience for feedback, engagement, and encouragement. It also provides a space for arts enthusiasts to view compelling work from some of the most exciting and thought-provoking artists working today.

Community Conversations invites artists, Atlanta University Center faculty, staff, and students, and other Friends of the Museum to connect their passions and interests to the works of art on view in the Museum’s current exhibition. The program is informal and without a time limit. Some Community Conversations have been 15-minute performances and others were hour-long lectures. The featured presenter manages the flow of the program and the audience informs the length of the discussion after.

Museum Micro Retreats are half day programs that link themes from the current exhibition to interdisciplinary exploration that promotes wellness

Through Her Lens is a multiple visit program that engages women of all ages in a series of activities that links the Museum’s current exhibitions to self-esteem, teamwork, and creativity.

Yoga in the Museum is a weekly yoga class where participants look closely at works of art on view in the space through the lens of balance, focus, and strength. The classes are free, open to the public, appropriate for all-levels, and led by a Black certified yoga instructor.

3 + 1 is a community film screening and discussion program. Three film experts with diverse (and oftentimes conflicting) perspectives are featured with one empty seat for a member of the audience to occupy and participate in the dialogue at 15 to 30-minute intervals.

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