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Religion & Spirituality
Witchcraft and Paganism existed in Slavic regions long before Christianity found a home.
Religion & Spirituality, Traditional Knowledge
In the Appalachian Mountains, folk magic goes by many names: root work, granny magic, kitchen witchery, Braucherei, witchcraft.
Art & Design, Religion & Spirituality
Johnson unpacks her spiritual lineage through works that reclaim ancestral memory, hold space for reverence, and create a uniquely Black iconography.
Music, Religion & Spirituality, Social Justice
When Mariam Youssef was told she couldn’t sing, it was in essence a mechanism of holding her cultural identity hostage.
Dress, Religion & Spirituality
Worn by lay people since the early Middle Ages, devotional scapulars carry symbols or verses that once connected the wearer to a particular monastic community.
Between July 20 and 22, 2021, AACI hosted the Craft Institution Consortium, where organizations discussed future collaborations with African American Makers.
Crafts, Cultural Sustainability
Between July 20 and 22, 2021, the Center’s African American Craft Initiative will host the Craft Institution Consortium, gathering national craft organizations, museums, galleries, and funding organizations.
By Our Interns, Crafts, Social Justice
Traditionally, the work of African American makers in the American craft community has been minimized, dismissed, or ignored.
From May 25 to 27, the Center will host a three-day virtual think tank, gathering African American craft organizations from across the country.