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Monday, August 19, 2013

Fw: African American Historical and Cultural Museum

Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:44:35 -0700 (PDT)
To: Ken McCoy<>
Subject: African American Historical and Cultural Museum

Copyright 2005 Paul Calkins
African American Historical and Cultural Museum
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It has been an interesting week.  I learned a lot about local school districts!

 Photographic Thoughts
Volume II
August 19, 2013
African American Historical and Cultural Museum
By Paul Calkins © 2013
I along with several photographers had the privilege in 2005, having our work honored in a gallery show sponsored by the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in what is now the arts district of Fresno, California.  The opportunity gave us all a chance to learn how to present our works, on the museums large wall space.  The show also provided me with the chance to interact with talented photographers.
I had also hoped that I and the other photographers would be able to participate in a gallery show at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Unfortunately the Met, succumbed in 2010, to the economic downturn that started in 2008.  The museum officials blamed the closure on what the board of trustees, called a perfect storm of the global financial crash, a corresponding drop-off in key long-time donor contributions and a prolonged three-year building rehabilitation project that drained away patrons.   The end came when the financially over extended institution could not make its obligations and dissolved.
It is a credit to the community that the African American Historical and Cultural Museum continues to fulfill its mission to celebrate and promote the richness of African and African-American history, art and culture in the Central San Joaquin Valley through exhibition, theater, music and education.  I would like to thank Ken McCoy for this opportunity.
Thanks for listening.