JANUARY 30 – MARCH 3
TERRACE GALLERY AT ORLANDO CITY HALL
400 S ORANGE AVE. • ORLANDO, FL
A Place for All People is a historic poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A Place for All People is generously supported by the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of the Provost. A Place for All People is organized by Public Art in partnership with The Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs & Human Relations.
“A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. “A Place for All People” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the museum.
The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the Museum, the building’s architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story.
Rotunda at Orlando City Hall
Thursday, February 16 | 5:30–9 p.m.
Please join us for light appetizers and refreshments at the Opening Reception.
Exploring the Black Social World in Central Florida: Visions of Diaspora in Beyond the Color Line
Tuesday, February 7 | 4 p.m.
A lecture by Julian C. Chambliss, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of History, Department of History, Rollins College
We invite you to visit Orlando City Hall on Tuesday, February 7, and listen to Dr. Julian C. Chambliss speak about Beyond the Color Line, an experiential learning project on display in the Rotunda. This project emphasizes the exploration of local African-American history within a framework that understands and engages with national concerns.
Beyond the Color Line is an experiential learning project that emphasizes the exploration of local African-American history within a framework that understands and engages with national concerns. By engaging undergraduate students to research and write micro-histories examining the African-American experience, this project allowed students to engage in critical and creative thinking, while providing a vehicle to democratize the process of knowledge production linked to traditional humanities. This “pop-up” exhibit offers space to discover historical narratives from-the-ground-up that identify how local events, people, and institutions align with historical transformations. In this way, this project bridges the gap between well-worn historical narratives that obscure everyday struggles and the broader transformation institutionalized in published narratives about the American past. In creating this project, students balanced those accepted historical narratives with the dynamic circumstances culled from local archives. Ultimately, the stories they identified for Beyond the Color Line provide a way to broaden the established historical narrative by enlivening our understanding of the dynamic history in our community.
Julian C. Chambliss is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His research and teaching interests focus on urban popular culture and development in the United States. His academic writing has appeared in the Rhetoric Review, Florida Historical Quarterly, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Specs: A Journal of Arts & Culture, Studies in American Culture, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Journal of Urban History. In addition, he has published opinion and commentary in popular forum such as the Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio (NPR).