Diasporal Rhythms
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Diasporal
Rhythms

Our mission is to collect, promote and preserve art
from the African Diaspora by encouraging individuals
and institutions to appreciate and acquire this art

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Our Vision & Purpose

Our Vision & Purpose

The challenge

In 2003, Diasporal Rhythms was founded by Carol J. Briggs, Joan Crisler, Patric McCoy and Daniel T. Parker as a direct result of a panel discussion  at the South Side Art Center’s Collectors’ Forum where a spirited discussion demonstrated the need for organized action by art collectors to expand the appreciation of contemporary visual art created by artists of the African diaspora.

The initiative

Since its inception, Diasporal Rhythms has continuously worked to accomplish its goal of growing the organization and expanding the appreciation of our visual arts culture—and the contemporary artists who create it—by hosting workshops, seminars, tours and special events

The impact

We host both public and private events, including home tours, exhibitions and other opportunities to build knowledge about cultural value collections housed in private homes and public institutions throughout Chicago. We have featured 65 artists through our exhibitions to date.

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3 steps to be safe
Visit the National Wandau Museum

3 steps to be safe

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Check What's Open

Your safety is our first priority. Entry to the National Maritime Museum is still free, but to help us ensure social distancing.

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Booking Online

Exhibition curator Venetia Porter presents this new exhibition of works by artists from Iran to Morocco drawn from the Museum collection.

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Keep Your Distance

Take a look at our past exhibitions and enjoy the articles, videos and photo galleries still available to view online.

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News & Stories
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News & Stories

1st December, 2021

PBS Interview

What was started almost 20 years ago by a small group of friends with a passion for art collecting is now 80 members strong. We visit the art-filled home of […]

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1st December, 2021

The Promise of Peace Project

The Promise of Peace Project: Creating Artistic Platforms for Youth Responses to Living in Communities Confronting Violence brings together professional artists, and civic leaders to support the artistic voices of […]

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