Founded in 1987, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is an independent not-for-profit cultural arts organization, housed at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The Amistad Center manages a multi-disciplinary collection of fine art, photography, historical artifacts, memorabilia, and rare books that document the African American experience.
I created the 40 Acres: The Promise of a Black Pastoral exhibit identity. Sculptures and images as a narrative form depicting the historical relationship of African Americans and agriculture and looking closely at works for a meditation upon the promise of 40 acres, a refrain that linked Black politics and agricultural expectations for nearly a century. I designed the Sing the Truth banners that celebrated the emergence of an African American female performance tradition and its impact on the fight for freedom in America. The banners traveled to all parts of Connecticut. Both projects were produced as Jargon Boy Design Studio.
Nobody black or white who really believes in democracy can stand aside now; everybody's got to stand up and be counted.
Singer / Activist
Connecticut Creatives featured the banners in The 25 Show, a full-color perfect-bound magazine highlighting Connecticut's design community. The banner program was highlighted in Communication Arts.
I designed/branded The Cornwall Historical Society's exhibition titled, Finding Freeman(s): Wisdom For Contemporary Cornwall From It's 19th Century Black + Indigenous Neighbors. The long-term exhibition will be a first time look at the town’s free and enslaved Black residents and that community’s impact on Cornwall’s history as well as its future. The exhibition builds on research that was started at the Cornwall Historical Society by community members in the spring of 2013. The exhibit was featured in various local Cornwall news/cultural happenings sites.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT THROUGH PUBLIC SPACES + MUSEUMS
Longtime collaborators Frank Mitchell x The Local Brand Co.(formerly Jargon Boy Design Studio), continue working together on various exhibition designs for the public throughout Connecticut. These have included The New Haven Museum, The Toni N. & Wendell C. Harp Historical Museum, The Connecticut Audubon Society's Birdcraft Museum, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and The Cornwall Historical Society Museum. The WTWNN logo was created for a lecture series by Mitchell on Post Pandemic Public Humanities Practice.
Frank Mitchell is Director Emeritus of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. He serves on the boards of CT Humanities, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Eli Whitney Museum, the Elm Shakespeare Company, and the public history collaborative, Stone Soup.
I designed/branded the exhibit for The New Haven Museum titled, Wooster Square: Beyond The New Township with curators Frank Mitchell and Elizabeth Fox. The Wooster Square exhibit would win The 2014 Bruce Fraser Award. The Fraser Award is named in honor of the late Bruce Fraser, scholar, activist, and director of the Connecticut Humanities Council (now Connecticut Humanities) from 1982 to 2010. The award honors Fraser’s work in supporting and promoting the study, teaching, and preservation of Connecticut history, and sharing that history with residents of the State of Connecticut. The project was produced as Jargon Boy Design Studio.
I designed/branded The Harp Historical Museum’s inaugural exhibition at the new Dixwell Community House, Keeping the Faith! The show featured objects from the CT Afro American Historical Society collections with pieces from Yale’s Beinecke Library, the New Haven Museum, private collectors, and more to welcome the CAAHS collection and the Dixwell Community House back to the neighborhood. (Above left) Keeping The Faith exhibit logo was an ode to Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr's album, Keep the Faith, Baby. (Above right) Exhibit illustration that was used as an Instagram social media posting backdrop for KTF exhibit.
Dat Aloha Shirt and Shave Ice illustrations were done for The Beat: A Cultural Mixtape Issue #22, The Hawaii Issue.