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Customs House Museum receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to support Art by African Americans

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support a project entitled “Celebrating the Legacy and Future of African American Arts.”

Central to the project is the opportunity for the Clarksville community to visit one of the most comprehensive exhibitions ever organized featuring works on paper by African American artists over the last three centuries.

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African Art - Works on Paper

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African Art: Works on Paper is on exhibit May 9th through August 1st.

The 70 works in the exhibition include drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum cuts and color screen prints by such noted artists as Ron Adams, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Eldizer Cortor, Margaret Burroughs, and many other outstanding artists.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, that make the arts accessible to people in Clarksville, Tennessee, and further enhances the vitality of their community,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Blackburn by Ron Adams 2002, color lithograph

This highly acclaimed exhibition has been featured in major museums stretching across America, and Clarksville is its only scheduled stop in a contiguous twelve-state region in our part of the country. The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

“We at The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center embrace the diversity of our unique community and are proud to share and celebrate this aspect of our community’s cultural history,” said Museum Executive Director Jim Zimmer. “The NEA’s support allows us to feature this spectacular exhibition, as well as offer many related programs for all ages from May into September.”

For more information about the museum, visit www.customshousemuseum.org  

You can also contact the museum at 931.648.5780 or

About the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country.

To learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit www.arts.gov

Follow the conversation about this and other NEA?funded projects on Twitter at @NEAarts.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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