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San Bernardino County Museum Exhibit Showcases African Art and Artifacts

A new special exhibit showcasing art and artifacts from Africa opened at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Tuesday, September 10 and will continue through November 8, 2013. “Footsteps to You” is presented by the Black Voice Foundation and is included with regular paid museum admission.

“We are very glad to be hosting this outstanding traveling exhibit here at the museum. The Black Voice Foundation has done a wonderful job of showcasing these engaging artifacts,” said Michelle Nielson, the museum’s curator of history.

Dr. Amos Isaac and his wife Lorraine spent more than 40 years researching and developing a world-class art collection from East and West Africa. As students in the first class of Peace Corps members, serving on the African continent, they grew to appreciate this new culture. During that time they acquired not only memories, but artifacts and mementos that represent their experiences with a variety of African tribes, cultures, and traditions. “Footsteps to You” features a selection of these artifacts, including textiles, sculpture, ceremonial masks, and jewelry.

Black Voice Foundation is proud to share this exhibit with the residents of San Bernardino County. “As an organization that has a mission in the areas of art, history and professional development, we are honored to share with our community that there are many similarities in all our cultures,” said Hardy Brown II, executive director of the foundation. “Visitors will see that many games, carvings, masks, and textiles are shared on many continents. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Wells Fargo, Southern California Edison, the IE Voice News, and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for helping to bring this collection to a wider audience.”

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

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