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Title:African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program records
Dates:1976-2003 (bulk 1977-1988)
Call Number:A80

Historical Note

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.
Chronology
1974Northeastern University makes studio space available for African American artist Dana Chandler. In exchange, Chandler teaches courses at the university.
1974-1976Chandler paints, teaches at Northeastern University, opens the studio to the community for meetings, and invites several local black artists to establish studios at 11 Leon St.
1977African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AAMARP) officially established; Chandler becomes its first director.
1978African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program's debut exhibition is held at Boston's City Hall.
1978-1988African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program holds approximately ten exhibits a year and garners critical acclaim.
1988African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program moves from Leon Street (old Ruggles building) to 76 Atherton Street, Jamaica Plain.
1988Boston City Council recognizes African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program for its dedication and contributions to the city.
1988African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program receives several awards, including a Governor's citation and a State Senate citation, for its contribution to the growth of African American and American art.
1990During the City's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Boston City Mayor Raymond G. Flynn recognizes the African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program and the artists for their presentation of images in the Boston City Hall relating to the principles of Dr. King.
1991-1993African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program faces budget cuts, resulting in resignation of Dana Chandler.
1993Administration of the African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program is placed under the African American Studies department.
Bibliography

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975-1989. Boston: Northeastern University, 1995.

History and Goals, Folder 5, Box 2.