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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program.
Title:African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program records
Date:1976-2003 (bulk 1977-1988)
Reference Code:A80
Location Code:31/2, 33/4, FF4/D7, FF4/D10
Extent:1.15 cubic ft. (2 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents many of the art exhibitions and activities hosted by the African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program in its first decade. It contains administrative documentation such as memoranda to resident artists, correspondence, exhibition publications, slides and information about resident and affiliated artists, press, and newsletters. The newsletters include information about events, promotions and appointments, awards and grant, and photos of artists at various exhibitions. Other publications include flyers, posters, invitations to events, descriptive brochures, and schedules. There are also certificates from the Mayor of Boston, the Boston City Council, and the Governor of Massachusetts. The Exhibitions files include materials from AAMARP exhibitions and other exhibitions featuring AAMARP artists. The Press files contain exhibition advertisments, newspaper articles about the program and resident artists, and reviews of AAMARP exhibitions.
Historical Abstract:The African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AAMARP) began in 1974 when Northeastern University provided studio space to artist Dana Chandler. Established officially in 1977, the program was the first African American artist-in-residence program in the United States, providing studio space on an annually renewable basis to visual artists. The first exhibition by African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program debuted at Boston City Hall in 1977. Between 1978 and 1988, the organization held approximately ten openings a year. Originally located on Leon Street in the old Ruggles building, the program moved in 1988 to its current location at 76 Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain, Boston.
Language and Scripts:The collection is in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Chandler Jr., Dana, 1941-
  • Chandler Jr., Dana, 1941-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)

  • African American art -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American political activists
  • Artists as teachers
  • Artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Artists -- Political and social views
  • Artists -- studios
  • Outsider arts
  • Outsider artists

Conditions Governing Access:This collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The collection was transferred from the African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:Dana C. Chandler Jr. Papers (M156)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo, February 5, 2009