The Community Roundtable Project

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African American History & Culture

Excursion & Exhibition

Join Sarah Matthews for this Excursion and Exhibition opportunity.


Participants have the opportunity to travel to the National Museum of African American Culture & History with Sarah Matthews and Executive Director Pam Heemskerk on the December 17th


visit other historical locations in Maryland on your own.

(click here for partial list of relevant historical sites in Maryland)

Participants will be able to attend a pre & post excursion zoom session with Sarah to set up the art

prompts and to help with project planning. 


Each person will create a piece of art based on their experiences at the museum.  

They will then have 6 weeks to complete their project that will then be brought to the community roundtable presentation and exhibition on February 16th at Locals. 


If you are unable to attend the excursion with Sarah & Pam, you may complete your own excursion, submit work to the exhibition, and join the roundtable discussion held at Locals Restaurant.  


Open to all, ages 16+

This is a free event, sponsored by

Riverworks Art Center Board Members

Schedule of Events

for African American History & Culture Excursion & Exhibition

  • Pre-excursion Zoom Meeting - Saturday, DEC 10 - NOON

    • Meeting to introduce Sarah, learn about her work and have her  introduce and start a conversation about the project. 

    • recording will be provided if you are unable to attend zoom in person

  • Excursion - DEC 17 - Saturday, NOON in LOBBY

    • National Museum of African American History & Culture with Sarah Matthews & Pam Heemskerk, Executive Director of Riverworks

    • Limit 10 tickets - first come, first serve - you will be notified to make other arrangements if we are unable to accommodate you joining our group

  • Post - Excursion - Monday, DEC 19 - by Zoom 6:30 pm  

    • Post trip conversation & reflections.  Project Planning.  How to begin, selection of materials, what would you like to convey in this piece, and planning.  

    • recording will be provided if you are unable to attend zoom in person

  • Community Roundtable -Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 - 9 pm 

    • held at Locals (participants please arrive no later than 6 pm to drop off work and get oriented)​

    • participants work will be on view throughout Locals with art on the tables & round table discussion on first floors

    • Light Refreshments will be provided

    • Starts at 6:30 pm to walk around and view pieces

    • 7:00 pm start roundtable with Sarah as monitor - 9 pm or when finished


Information for those wanting to participate

  • You must pre-register to let us know you are participating (click here)

  • Participants will make an art piece (handmade book, print, object, painting etc) and are responsible for their own materials.

  • Email work information and image to no later than Feb 1, midnight for information cards - ideally earlier for social media purposes - tag us @riverworks_art_center in all your progress pictures so we can share and promote you

  • Work under 12 cubic inches, must be free standing, any medium (book arts, small sculpture, mixed media, 2D work framed or on an display)

  • Work must be completed and brought to Artist Roundtable Event (drop off at Riverworks Alden Farms studios prior to event or bring 30 mins prior to opening for set up)

  • Participate in roundtable discussion about the process of making art from the prompts and the change in perspective you’ve experienced - Moderator Sarah Matthews

  • All work must be removed and taken with artists at end of show - must be committed to full evening

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