$1 Million in African American Heritage Preservation Grants Awarded
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) have awarded thirteen African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grants totaling $1,000,000 to Maryland nonprofit groups for FY22. These grants offer assistance to organizations and private citizens in their sponsorship of projects involving acquisition, construction, or improvement of sites related to African American heritage.
Congrats to the Baltimore recipients:
Sphinx Club – Baltimore City
($100,000 awarded to Druid Heights Community Development Corporation)
The Sphinx Club opened in 1946 in an era of segregated public venues and was one of the nation’s first minority-owned membership night clubs. The Sphinx Club became the center of social life along Pennsylvania Avenue, where African Americans could enjoy some of America's most famous musicians and entertainers. The building has recently been stabilized and the grant will assist in its ongoing interior and exterior rehabilitation.
Sanaa Center – Baltimore City
($100,000 awarded to Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District, Inc.)
Located in the Old West Baltimore National Register Historic District, the Sanaa Center will be an expansion of the adjacent Harris-Marcus Center that will include co-working space, arts incubator space, and outdoor site improvements. Grant funds will be used for acquisition and pre-development of this project, which is intended to support Black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs.