The mission of the African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) is to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in the State of Connecticut.
The AAAC accomplishes these goals through information sharing, promoting cultural awareness, community networking, and legislation.
The State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) is pleased to submit its 2015 Annual Report. The mission of the Commission is to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in the State of Connecticut through advocacy, information sharing, cultural awareness, community networking and influencing legislation.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART EXHIBIT
(Open to the Public)
The Winfred Rembert Art Exhibit
February 15 - 29, 2016
Legislative Office Building Concourse
300 Capitol Avenue - Hartford, CT
Winfred Rembert is a self-taught artist, who works out of a humble home in the Newhallville Section of New Haven, CT. Rembert hand-tools and paints on leather canvases. He grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia, where he spent much of his childhood laboring in the cotton fields. Rembert uses large sheets of tanned leather into which he carves pictures and then paints them with indelible leather dyes, expressing his colorful, often painful, memories of the Jim Crow south during his youth. Rembert's art is represented by the Adelson Galleries in both Boston, MA and New York, NY.
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
February 24, 2016
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Old Judiciary Room - State Capitol
(The public is invited and encouraged to attend)
Join Artist Winfred Rembert and Director Vivian Ducat for a film screening and discussion of ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, hosted by the State of CT African-American Affairs Commission.
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African-Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful.
In ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist-and his art-is made, ALL ME is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.
THE COSTEN CULTURAL EXHIBIT
February 24, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Hall of Flags - CT State Capitol
The Costen Cultural Exhibit is a traveling collection of rre photographs, ephemera, memorabilia, fine art and collectibles created by commercial hot air balloon pilot, photojournalist, collector and historian, Bill Costen. Topics address the interests of all age groups and include: slavery, civil rights, politics, government, invention, science, athletics, sports, aviation, military, music, dance, theater, literary arts, religion, radio, film, television and other forms of popular entertainment. This year's theme.... FROM SLAVERY TO HIP HOP.
"The Costen Cultural Exhibit" will be displayed from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the Hall of Flags in the State Capitol on February 24, 2016. The public is invited and encouraged to stop by meet Mr. Costen and view his exhibit.
2016 CLASSIC AWARDS GALA
(Nominations are now being accepted)
The State of CT African-American Affairs Commission will be hosting its Annual Classic Awards Gala on Friday, May 13, 2016. The event will be held in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. We come together to honor African-American men, women and youth who have made significant contributions to the state of CT. You will find nomination forms attached. Please feel free to Nominate a deserving resident for one of our 2016 awards (Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Business and Economic Development Award, Lifetime Achievement and Youth of the Year). In addition to receiving awards, scholarships will be awarded to AAAC's Youth of the Year.