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Art of Africa and the African Diaspora

An online resource dedicated to histories of Africa and African diaspora as seen through the lens of the visual arts. This digital initiative highlights perspectives and lived experiences of artists; and is designed to support common core standards in history, humanities, and ethnic studies for 7th–12th-grade learners. Based on seminal Fowler exhibitions and publications, these interactive activities are designed to inspire students to explore intersections of art, history, religion, and current events. 

Art of Africa and the African Diaspora project was generously funded by the Nissan Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and The Lilly Endowment, Inc…




Project Team

  • Amy Landau, Director of Education and Interpretation and Co-Director of Engaging Lived Religion 
  • Francesca Albrezzi, Director of Digital Development for Vital Matters at the Fowler Museum, Office of Advanced Research Computing, UCLA
  • Leigh Carter, Program Coordinator, and Educator
  • Johnathan Glover, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation
  • Gene McHugh, Head of Digital Media
  • Marina Belozerskaya, Managing Editor 


Texts are based on the curatorial work of: 

  • Silvia Forni, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum 
  • Erica Jones, Senior Curator of African Arts, Fowler Museum 
  • Katherine Smith, Former Curatorial and Research Associate of Haitian Arts, Fowler Museum 
  • Jerry Philogene, Associate Professor, Black Studies Program, Middlebury College 
  • Patrick Polk, Senior Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts 
  • Gassia Armenian, Curatorial and Research Associate, Fowler Museum 
  • Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts, Professor of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA / Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Fowler from 1999 to 2008 / Consulting Curator of African Arts for LACMA from 2011 – 2018 
  • Allen F. Roberts, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA 


K – 12 Consultants:

  • Abeer Ramadan-Shinnawi, MEd, Educational Consultant
  • Sandhya Rajan, MEd, Museum Education Consultant

Video Archive

Visit our video playlist that explores the arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

Virtual Exhibition Tours

Tour related Fowler exhibitions virtually.

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