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Frank Mitchell

Advisory Council
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
Hartford, CT


Frank Mitchell is Executive Director and Curator at Large of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, a partnership with Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The Amistad Center’s collection of art, artifacts and archival documents narrates three hundred years of the Black American history through exhibitions, educational programs, and social experiences. Mitchell was Curator and Assistant Director of The Amistad Center, served as consulting curator of The Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum, The New Haven Museum, The city of New Haven’s Municipal Art Collection, and has held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of the Arts. As curator his exhibitions include 40 Acres: The Promise of a Black Pastoral, Emancipation!, Beyond the New Township, War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War, Lincoln: Man, Myth and Memory, High Water Marks: Art & ReNEWal after Katrina, Soulfood: African American Cooking and Creativity, Hairitage, and Sankofa. Mitchell has research and writing credits on the Connecticut Public Television documentaries African Americans in Connecticut parts I, II and the independent documentary Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven. He is author of the 2009 Greenwood Press book African American Food Culture and a co-author and the photo editor of the 2013 Wesleyan University Press anthology African American Connecticut Explored. Mitchell earned his AB from Bowdoin College, an MA from Yale University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan. He has been a Smithsonian Institution fellow and a New Haven Arts Council arts award honoree. Mitchell has served on numerous boards, commissions, and legislative committees most recently as a member of the boards of Common Ground Charter High School & Environmental Center, Connecticut Humanities, the Eli Whitney Museum, the Connecticut State Records Advisory Board, and the City of New Haven Food Policy Council. 


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