MAm's African American cultural committee


MAM African American Cultural Committee
The African American Cultural Committee (AACC) at MAM is a group of dedicated artists, community leaders, and volunteers who are engaged in the life of the Montclair Art Museum.

AACC was founded in the 1980s by artist Ben F. Jones, Montclair native and artist Janet Taylor Pickett, and by Montclair writer Valerie Wilson Wesley with a mission to sustain and maintain the legacy of artists of the African Diaspora. In its advocacy role, the AACC is a bridge between the Museum and various communities by forging meaningful connections through outreach and programs, shared values and vision on a local and international level.

An Annual AACC Film Forum, book discussions and signings, trips and excursions are just some examples of programs and events that the AACC sponsors.

For more information about the African American Cultural Committee, please contact William Jiggetts, AACC Chair, at [email protected]
Current Members

Adunni Anderson
Susan Bershad
Lonnie Brandon
Yolanda Brandon
Tommy Brayboy
Casey Carpenter
Marc Collins
Jayson Council
Marissa Crespo
Wanda Croudy
Mari D'Alessandro
Leah Fox
Shunzyu Haigler
Michael Heningburg
Betty Holloway
Kathy Imlay
William Jiggetts
Ben Jones
Charisse Jones
Cheryl Jones
Martha Kelshaw
David Klein
Wendy Lacey

Jonathan Lee
Linda Leonard-Nevels
Shirley Lewis
Carolyn Logan
Cassandra Martin
Catherine Mastrangelo
William May
Gioya McRae
Rosalind Murphy
Frank Planes
Jeanette Planes
Tanya Poteat
Marjorie Rich  
Robin Roche
Diane Scotland
Jonathan Simon
Janet Summers
Lynne Toye
Sharon Burton Turner
Diana Tyson
Lora Urbanelli
Valerie Wilson Wesley
Matilda Williams

REggie workman and band members performing on stage
Thursday, March 5, 2020
It was an incredible evening with world-renowned jazz bassist and performer artist Reggie Workman, as well as Montclair’s own MADLOM Drummers and Newark’s First Lady of Jazz Dorthaan Kirk.
Reggie Workman is recognized as one of the most technically gifted American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassists in history. He has recorded and performed with countless fellow Jazz legends including John Coltrane, Art Blakely, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Wayne Shorter and continues to play with new music luminaries such as Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer and his longstanding collaboration, TRIO 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille).
The Steve Turre quintet in the 2019 Art meets jazz performance at MAM.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
It was a spirited evening and for jazz lovers it was a must-see experience. We are indebted to the amazing artists the Steve Turre Quintet, Dorthaan Kirk, and Betty Neals for their bold performance.
Steve Turre is one of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators; a trombonist and seashellist who has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimesDownbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).
The 2018 performance of Art Meets Jazz at MAM.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
There was an amazing feeling in the room and for jazz lovers it was a special experience. We are indebted to MAM’s African American Cultural Committee, Montclair Chapter of The Drifters, Inc., and most of all to the amazing artists Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff and Santi Debriano who shared their craft so passionately and generously with us.
The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. Lake’s breadth of disciplines can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians, poets, dancers, and painters he helped establish over 50 years ago.