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NEWS FROM DIRECTOR

A Message from George O. Davis, Executive Director

George O. Davis, Executive Director The California African American Museum or as we refer to it, CAAM, is a free public cultural institution that is committed to the sharing and exploration of the arts, letters, culture, and history of African Americans – especially west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1977 by State charter, CAAM opened its doors to the public with the 1984 exhibition, Black Olympians. We continue to enjoy the enthusiastic support of area elected officials, our Governor, and of course, you, the taxpayer.

Over the years, CAAM has developed and exhibited nine to 11 exhibitions annually. Because of this ongoing level of commitment, we view CAAM as one of the cultural jewels of the Southern California region, and we have every intention of maintaining a strong, viable presence in the cultural community of Los Angeles, and beyond.

Like many cultural institutions, we understand that if CAAM is to survive, we must continually evolve and adapt to new realities. More often than not, the public has more leisure time options available to them than they’ve ever had before. Understanding this means that we must redouble our efforts to capture the public’s attention by creating meaningful exhibitions that are not only visually appealing and offer new artistic points-of-view, but also enhance our understanding of what it means to be human in these days and times.

You may not be aware that CAAM also rents spaces within the museum – namely, our Courtyard and our Conference Center – that are available to private entities and individuals. We’ve hosted everything from book signings to weddings and receptions in our beautiful Courtyard area which features an atrium that floods the Courtyard with natural sunlight. Although we are funded by the State of California, we invite you to consider renting CAAM’s unique facilities for your special events. For more information about how to book events, please call 213.744.7535.

We’re in the process of upgrading our Research Library which is open to the public and which provides in-depth research assistance to anyone who needs it whether it be a 5th grader writing a paper about the Civil Rights Movement for a class, a Ph.D. candidate conducting original dissertation research on the history of African American cultural institutions, or a costume designer working up concepts for a soon-to-open Broadway production and who needs to peruse the Library’s collection of vintage issues of Ebony magazine for inspiration.

Above all, we believe that CAAM provides a variety of services to the Los Angeles community. With the exception of Mondays, CAAM is open to the public six days a week and we invite you – LA residents and those passing through – to visit CAAM which is always free to the public.

We want to exceed your expectations. I invite you to contact me directly at gdavis@caamuseum.org, if you feel we haven’t met your expectations or feel there is something we can improve upon or even just to say “hello.”

Thank you for your continued support of this incredible cultural institution which has so much to offer.

George O. Davis, Executive Director
California African American Museum