Celebrating the Life, Legacy and 100th Year of Miss Elma Lewis!
As a kid, I knew the National Center of Afro-American Artists not by its official title but as the "Big Head Museum," fondly referencing "Eternal Presence," the large metal sculpture that rises from a hill on the museum's grounds. The museum has been a cornerstone in the black community since it was founded by Elma Lewis in 1968. Each year, the museum hosts a community festival celebrating its history and its civic engagement in the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester. This family friendly affair includes music, local vendors, food, community yoga and art-making. The event opens with a ceremony that calls for an honoring of the earth and ends with a discussion on natural hair.