Chanel C. Johnson on Creative Community Insights, Identity, and Heritage

Chanel C. Johnson, the esteemed Executive Director of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Banneker-Douglass Museum. As a respected non-profit leader, community artist, and cultural administrator, Chanel brings a wealth of experience in arts programming and management to her role.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Chanel's creative background and her experiences as an artist, reflecting on how her art captures the essence of Black diasporic experiences, history, and identity.
  • The motivations behind Chanel's decision to pursue a career in arts management, including the transformative aha moments that affirmed her calling in this space.
  • Chanel's roles as the Executive Director for the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, shedding light on her vision and initiatives to support and amplify African American heritage in Maryland.
  • The significance of the exhibit titled "The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy," and the process of collaborating with guest curators and featured artists to bring this powerful showcase to life.
  • Thought-provoking discussions on the challenges of discussing race in America and the importance of preserving and celebrating African American heritage, highlighting Chanel's goals and priorities for the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

Join us as we delve into the remarkable work of Chanel Compton, exploring the intersection of art, heritage, and community-building, and gaining valuable insights into the power of preserving cultural narratives and fostering meaningful conversations.


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