Dear Friends of Millennium Arts Salon:
Below is the summary of our past Artist Salon programs by year. We have presented to our audiences throughout the country and throughout the world our signature Arts Salon discussions where we bring accomplished and expert practitioners and luminaries from across the spectrum of the arts, culture and humanities. Our presenters have been visual artists of two and three dimension, scholars, vocal and operatic stars, curators, authors, actors, film-makers, photographers, and many others. Our events are always video-taped and we have a rich archive of primary source material for use by students, researchers and scholars of art and cultural history. There has been a specialty in the art and cultural history of African Americans and their contributions to the canon of modern and contemporary art, but not exculsively so. Millennium Arts Salon is known for our inclusive programming across all creative output for all practitioners.
Our venues for presentation have included many major universities, museums, galleries, and our offices in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. We have produced touring exhibitions (The In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists Project); published fine art print projects; sponsored an exhibition and Art Salons at Art Basel/Art Africa Miami, and adopted two schools in the Washington DC Public School system with donations of books and educational materials for primary and secondary school students.
We have toured the world and conducted our signature Millennium Arts Salons in global venues: Moorish Spain (2007); Ethiopia (2010); and China (2012). Our next global Art and Culture Tour will be to Dakar, Senegal for the DAK'Art Biennale of African and African Diasporan Visual Art.
Enjoy your visit to our Millennium Arts Salon traditions and history through the following links as we welcome you to join us in membership.
In this, its 15th program season, Millennium Arts Salon remains committed to advancing cultural literacy through its art programming, which includes salon talks, exhibitions, tours and special events. Based in historic Columbia Heights, DC, many of its intimate salon talks and art exhibitions are held in its beautifully restored 1923 town home. Through its outreach efforts, it also hosts programs in various venues around the city and collaborates with art institutions, including The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, the David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park, Pyramid Atlantic, George Mason University Print Department, Cultural DC, and the Washington DC Collector’s Club.
Notable individuals have participated in MAS salons and/or exhibitions, including artists and administrators Allan Edmunds (founder/President of Brandywine Workshop) and EJ Montgomery, master artist Sam Gilliam, collector Paul Jones, writer and appraiser Dr. Halima Taha (author of Collecting African American Art), artist and master printmaker Lou Stovall, historian and dance critic Richard Long, artist and filmmaker Camille Billops and writer, professor and filmmaker, Dr. James Hatch, singer Ysaye Barnwell (of “Sweet Honey on the Rock”), political scientist Dr. Ronald Walters, Director, African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland College Park, renowned artist and art historian, Dr. David C. Driskell, collector Dr. Robert Steele, Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park, professor Leslie King-Hammond, Graduate Dean, Maryland Institute, College of Art, poet Sonia Sanchez, curator Ruth Fine of the National Gallery of Art, theatre director Chris McElroen, co-founder and Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Les Payne, editor of Newsday, art historian and curator, Dr. Beth Turner, and emerging and mid-career artists such as, Michael Platt, Margo Humphrey, Jack White, Ray Grist, Bill Hutson, Eric Mack, Preston Sampson, Sheila Crider, Paul So, Bryan McFarlane, Bill Dallas, Rachelle Puryear, Billy Colbert, Ron Akili Anderson, Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Renee Stout, and Martha Jackson- Jarvis, to name a few.
MAS’s groundbreaking program, On Common Ground, from 2000 to 2005, inspected the common links between seemingly divergent topics in art and culture. It’s current multi-year program, It’s All About Art embraces and celebrates the various forms of artistic expression -- visual and performing arts, film, and arts and letters. Its 2008-2009 program series, Between East and West, encompassed not only the east and west borders of the continental US, but reached globally to embrace Europe and Asia. It featured artists and art professionals who lived and worked in the US and abroad. MAS’s 2009-2010 program, Celebrating 10, referred to its 10 years delivering art programming, as well as celebrating art and artists in the community it serves. In past seasons (2010-2011), Celebrating Artists, included an exhibition, Ten Artists for Ten Years at the Sumner School, salon talks, a print collaborative of 20 local Washington DC artists (“In Unison”), which was exhibited at the Kreeger Museum in 2011, and a collector series, all aimed at honoring artists in the Washington Art Community.
Millennium Arts Salon is a 501(c) non-profit organization. It is primarily funded through its membership organization, The Millennium Arts Salon Club, consisting of art interested individuals in the Baltimore-Washington-Virginia area and points north and west US, and supported by committed staff and volunteers, and an Art Advisory Board of accomplished artists and art administrators. Its Board of Directors appreciates all for your support.