The collection is largely comprised of the CAC’s The Collective Memories, 50 binders of photographs, ephemera, and correspondence from various exhibitions and education programs in rough chronological order. Other portions of the collection include photographs, slides, ephemera, newsletters, correspondence, and the records of various programs and the Board of Directors.
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Restrictions on Access
Materials in the Board and Finances Series are restricted. All other materials are open for research.
Permission to publish from the Community Artists' Collective records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Biographical / Historical
The Community Artists’ Collective is a Houston-based nonprofit organization which organizes exhibitions for local artists and educational and community development programs for inner-city youths and adults. Founded in 1987 by Michelle Barnes and Dr. Sarah Trotty, the Collective was meant to serve professional artists in Houston’s African-American community, with a special emphasis on female artists. The Collective’s first exhibit, “Women of Color,” was held in Shreveport, LA, in 1987. Three more exhibits in Houston followed in 1988. In coordination with the Midtown Art Center, Kuumba House, and SHAPE Community center, the Collective also began offering art educational programs to inner-city youths. In 1989, the Collective moved into a 5000 sq. ft. space in south central Houston.
The Collective continues to support professional artists and offer educational programming to the community, including afterschool programs and Saturday workshops.
The Community Artists’ Collective is a Houston-based nonprofit organization which organizes exhibitions for local artists and educational and community development programs for inner-city youths and adults. The collection is largely comprised of photographs, the collection also includes ephemera, newsletters, and records of the Board of Directors.
The Community Artists' Collective records were received on February 12, 2014 from Michelle Barnes, Executive Director of the Community Artists' Collective.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Community Artists’ Collective records,1985-2014, MS 620, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/545 Accessed February 29, 2024.