African American Artists Collective
This is how it all went down:
In 2014, a group of artists met at Gates BBQ on Linwood & Main, in Kansas City, Missouri with "Rev.", better known as the Honorable Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and his assistant Jim Vaughan. We talked about the arts as it pertained to the African American arts movement in the City and what we were doing as artists with our practices in the community. The people at that meeting were Glenn North, Diallo French, Gerald Dunn, Jason Piggie, Nedra Bonds and Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin. That gathering gave birth to what is now the African American Artists Collective.
After the initial meeting, we met as regularly as possible while continuing to work in our respective fields of practice as professional artists. Our group continues to grow as more folks hear about who we are and what we do.