Museum tours, classroom talks, and workshops are linked with the Michigan Department of Education's K-12 Curriculum and Standards in Social Studies, English and Language Arts, Art History, World Languages, and other subjects. Offerings include:
• Interpretative tours of exhibitions
• Historical reenactments
• Special educational and cultural programs for the K-12 community
• Summer camps
• Partnerships and collaboration with schools and organizations that serve the K-12 community
Collections, Exhibitions and Library Services
The collections staff is responsible for collecting and maintaining an extensive and rich collection of artifacts, objects and fine art; planning traveling exhibitions; maintaining permanent exhibitions; conceptualizing and creating new exhibitions. For questions about curatorial services, contact the museum's curator by calling (313) 494-5810.
Collections & exhibitions staff members are responsible for using the museum's historical resources to support educators, researchers, students, and families. Our staff is continuously engaged in planning and creating online resources, including:
• Archives and Research Library Catalog
• African American History and Culture Teaching and Learning Modules
• Living History, a history of African Americans in Detroit
• Underground Railroad: The Struggle Against Slavery
The Contemporary Artist Program (CAP)
The Contemporary Artist Program provides opportunities for local artists to display their work in one of the museum's galleries for three to four months. The subject matter must pertain to African American history and culture. This program introduces museum audiences to innovative contemporary artists who are creating original works in a variety of media. CAP also includes a lecture series to allow a more personal and informative interaction between the visitors, the artist and their work. If you are a local area artist, living in Michigan, with a collection of work pertaining to African American history or culture and would like to participate in this program, contact the museum's CAP Coordinator by calling (313) 494-5813 or download the guidelines and application.
Volunteer and Service Opportunities
The museum has several volunteer opportunities and provides opportunities for high school and college students to earn Volunteer Service Learning Credits during the school year. For more information on participating in Volunteer Service please call (313) 494-5826.