Black Emergency Cultural Coalition

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Black Emergency Cultural Coalition Inc. (BECC) was organized in January 1969 by a group of African American artists in response to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Harlem on My Mind" exhibit, which omitted the contributions of African American painters and sculptors to the Harlem community. Members of this initial group that protested against the exhibit included several prominent African American artists, including Benny Andrews and Clifford R. Joseph, cofounders of the BECC. The primary goal of the group was to agitate for change in the major art museums in New York City for greater representation of African American artists and their work in these museums, and that an African American curatorial presence would be established.

In 1971 the work of the coalition grew to include the creation of an Arts Exchange program in correctional facilities. This program arose in response to major riots at the Attica correctional facility in New York. The BECC was incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit organization. The initial directors of this newly incorporated organization were Clifford R. Joseph, Benny Andrews, Camille Billops, Vivian Browne and Russell Thompson. The BECC sponsored arts programs in juvenile detention centers and mental health facilities throughout the United States.

BECC published a newsletter with contributing articles from its members chronicling their arts program activities, and Benny Andrews, co-chairman of the Coalition published several articles about the BECC's experiences in newspapers and art journals across the country.

From the description of Black Emergency Cultural Coalition records, 1971-1984. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144675656

Black Emergency Cultural Coalition Inc. (BECC) was organized in January 1969 by a group of African American artists in response to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2Harlem on My Mind3 exhibit, which omitted the contributions of African American painters and sculptors to the Harlem community. Members of this initial group that protested against the exhibit included several prominent African American artists, including Benny Andrews and Clifford R. Joseph, cofounders of the BECC. The primary goal of the group was to agitate for change in the major art museums in New York City for greater representation of African American artists and their work in these museums, and that an African American curatorial presence would be established.

In 1971 the work of the coalition grew to include the creation of an Arts Exchange program in correctional facilities. This program arose in response to major riots at the Attica correctional facility in New York. The BECC was incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit organization. The initial directors of this newly incorporated organization were Clifford R. Joseph, Benny Andrews, Camille Billops, Vivian Browne and Russell Thompson. The BECC sponsored arts programs in juvenile detention centers and mental health facilities throughout the United States.

BECC published a newsletter with contributing articles from its members chronicling their arts program activities, and Benny Andrews, co-chairman of the Coalition published several articles about the BECC's experiences in newspapers and art journals across the country.

From the guide to the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition records, 1971-1984, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Black Emergency Cultural Coalition. Black Emergency Cultural Coalition records, 1971-1984. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006. Benny Andrews papers, 1971-1992. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
referencedIn Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987. John I. H. Baur interviews, 1970 Jan. 22-Feb. 19. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987,. Oral history interview with John I.H. Baur, 1970 Jan. 22-Feb. 19 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Joseph, Cliff, 1922-. Oral history interview with Cliff Joseph, 1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Black Emergency Cultural Coalition records, 1971-1984 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
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associatedWith Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006. person
associatedWith Artisan Alliance (Green Haven Correctional Facility: Stormville, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987. person
associatedWith Chisolm, Michael. person
associatedWith Joseph, Cliff, 1922- person
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sinbad School of Art (Brookly, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art corporateBody
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United States
New York (State)--New York
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Black arts movement
African American artists--20th century
Civil rights movements in art
Civil rights movements in art--United States
Xangô (Cult)--Exhibitions
Prisoners as artists--New York (State)--New York
African American art--Exhibitions
Xangô (Cult)--Exhibitions
African American art--New York (State)--New York--Exhibitions
Prisoners as artists
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Active 1984

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