Young woman walking past a Rashid Johnson piece

African American Art Alliance

The African American Art Alliance (AAAA) was established in 1990 when Dorothy Nelle Sanders answered the Museum’s call for ideas to accompany a major exhibition of African American art. Mrs. Sanders enlisted the assistance of Mrs. Lucinda J. Gordon and Mrs. Gloria Wright to form this Milwaukee Art Museum support group.

Together, these local Milwaukee women launched a committee that continues to raise money for the acquisition of African American art for the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Ready to be a part of AAAA? Current Milwaukee Art Museum Members at the Family or Dual ($95) level or above are eligible to join.

The Goals of the African American Art Alliance

  • To increase interest and participation in the Museum
  • To engage the community in Museum events that feature African American art and artists
  • To provide a forum for education, discussion, and enjoyment of African American art
  • To support the acquisition of African American art for the Museum’s Collection
  • To promote an increased involvement of volunteers in the Museum

AAAA continues to fund the acquisition of an admirable collection of African American art, regularly host informal dinners/lectures, and sponsor events featuring notable African American artists such as Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, Lois Mailou Jones, Glenn Ligon, and Kehinde Wiley. It is the intention of the organization to continue to offer a forum for those interested in African American art.

Annual membership dues



For additional information about AAAA, please contact the membership office at 414-224-3284 or .