Administrator Michael Regan, EPA
Governor Roy Cooper, NC
Secretary Reid Wilson, NCDNCR
Deputy Secretary Tracey Burns, NCDNCR
Ken Howard, NCMOH
Ebony Raleigh Area Group Stitchers (ERAGS) is dedicated to the preservation of the African American fiber art of quilting. Video was produced in conjunction with the 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration by Spyder Web Productions.
Artist Darryl Matthews is best known for his highly detailed paintings of sports figures and musical artists. The video was produced in conjunction with the 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration by 1704 Media Productions of Elizabeth City State University.
Jason Franklin, artist, art educator, and gallery owner: “In my work, I narrate many aspects of the human condition from an American perspective, such as love, family, faith, dreams, and friendship." Video was produced in conjunction with the 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration by 1704 Media Productions of Elizabeth City State University.
Wanda Short is the owner and director of Sherrill’s University, the first African American-owned school of cosmetology and barbering in North Carolina for over thirty years. Video was produced in conjunction with the 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration by 1704 Media Productions of Elizabeth City State University.
For nearly 50 years Neal Thomas has been making baskets out of white-oak trees that grow near his home in Wendell, North Carolina. Thomas doesn’t purchase his supplies online or at a local craft store, instead, he sources all his materials by hand. Follow along as he shares the process of creating a classic, hand-made basket—from selecting the tree to cutting the wood to weaving the strips.
Run time: 7 min [CC]
Jonkonnu, (pronounced John Canoe) is an African American holiday celebration whose roots trace back to Jamaica and to West African slave ships. Participants, dressed in masks and multi-colored costumes, traveled door to door clapping, singing, and dancing. The parade performed at each house until the homeowners came outside to greet the revelers and pay them coins. Historical records mention Jonkonnu celebrations taking place near Edenton, N.C., as early as 1824.
Today, you can enjoy Jonkonnu performances at Tryon Palace in New Bern, N.C. Jonkonnu has traditionally been a part of the AACC opening procession, and we are pleased to have them as part of the 20th anniversary event. Video courtesy of Tryon Palace. Run time: 5:24 [CC]
Fuquay-Varina artist Pinkie Strother creates miniature displays that combine art and history. Shaping the clay that forms the basis of her figures connects Strother to her past, when she would sink her hands in the cool, white clay of the creek bed near her childhood home. Watch the acclaimed sculptor create unique pieces of art that recount history –like the 1963 March on Washington or everyday memories from her own life.
Run time: 5 mins [CC]
Shawn Etheridge sees potential in a blank canvas—a chance to tell a story, capture a moment, honor a legacy. In one of his popular painting series, the Elizabeth City native pays tribute to the state’s 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Although the scenes are easily identified, Etheridge often leaves his subjects’ faces blank, to allow viewers to picture themselves in the paintings.
Run time: 5 mins [CC]