Friday, February 18, 2022


4:00 - 7:00 pm

Event Details

Celebrating Black History programming was developed in partnership with Urban Dreams.

All are encouraged to attend a beautiful and moving evening celebrating Black History through music and story. The sounds of djemebe drumming and traditional West African music performed by Augustine Mambu (Sierra Leone) and Brima Jollah (Sierra Leone) will fill the Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Lobby.  In between performances, a unique tour opportunity will be offered. Using a few artworks in the museum as starting places, Negus Sankofa Imhotep, a beloved educator, orator, and community ally, will lead us on a tour of personal storytelling. Negus is an Academic and Workforce Coordinator at Urban Dreams.

Join us for all or part of the evening. There is no reservation required for this drop-in event.

Music | 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Tour | 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Music | 6:15 – 6:45 pm

Art Center+ programming throughout February proudly invites you to support Black’d Out Books, a community project led by artist Cameron Gray. The Art Center will serve as a collection site on an ongoing basis. Donate books written by Black authors for Free Black Libraries throughout Ames and Des Moines. Bring your book donation to Art Center+ events and learn more about the project by following Gray on Instagram @cam_gogh.


Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312 United States

Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Lobby