Membership is open to African American artists  of all disciplines.

*Founding Members

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver ll, Nedra Bonds, Gerald Dunn,

Diallo Javonne French, Glenn North, Jason Piggie,

Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin 


Advisory Council

Charles Bibbs - Internationally Acclaimed Visual Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

*Congressman Emanuel Cleaver - 5th Congressional District and Methodist Minister

Najee Dorsey - Mixed Media Artist, Collector and Founder Black Art In America

Ed Dwight - Master Sculptor, Historian, Pilot and 1st African American Astronaut candidate

Dean Mitchell - National Award Winning Figurative (Watercolor & Oil) Painter

Maurice A. Watson -  Husch Blackwell Law Firm

Julián Zugazagoitia - CEO and Director of the Nelson -Atkins Museum of Art

Active Members

Tyrone Aiken (choreographer | educator) ~

Damron Russel Armstrong (actor | director)  ~

J Leroy Beasley (painter |  sculptor) ~

Michelle Beasley (painter) ~

*Nedra Bonds (textiles) ~

Renee Blanche (performer)~

Muriel Boyd (arts education) ~

Michael Brantley (painter | framer) ~

Taylor Brown (spoken word) ~

Ron Chaney (framer | gallery owner) ~

Ramona Davis (curator | graphic designer~

*Gerald Dunn (musician) ~

Shane Evans (illustrator | musician | playwright | author) ~

Everette Freeman (musician  | composer) ~

Xavier Gayden (illustrator)~

Juliette Hemingway (digital artist) ~

Joycelynn Heard (painter)~

Anthony High (painter  arts educator)~

Robert Hale (photographer)~

*Diallo Javonne French (photographer |  film maker) ~

Kim Jones (choreographer)~

Charles "Swavy" Jones (painter) ~

Clarissa Knighten (jewelry designer) ~

Kreshaun McKinney (arts education) ~


Hermon Mehari (musician) ~

Tracy Milsap (storyteller | performer) ~

Sheri Mirador( jewerly / clothing designer)~

Eddie Moore (musician | educator) ~

Carlos Nelson (Cascade Media) ~

Glenn A. North (poet)~

Kim Newton (textile)~~

Joseph A. Newton (digital painting) ~

Joseph T. Newton (painter) ~

Frank Norfleet (painter) ~

Michael Patton (poet) ~

*Jason Piggie (photographer |  film maker) ~

Tony Ramos (painter)~

Keith Shepard (painter) ~

Harold Smith (painter |  film maker) ~

David Stevens (photographer)~

*Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin (textiles |  author |  curator) ~

Michael Toombs (painter |  arts educator) ~

Michael Warren (musician | educator) ~

Dr. Jacqueline Wood, PhD  (professor | poet) ~ 


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