BLAX MUSEUM | Creator, Producer, Director, Curator & Performer
BLAX MUSEUM is a performance showcase created by Michelle R. Smith that is open to all forms and dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture.It is an annual event featuring black artists from Northeast Ohio, who celebrate our ancestors through original art and electrifying presentations.
Since its inception, BLAX MUSEUM has paid tribute to such heroes, icons, and innovators as Crispus Attucks, Josephine Baker, Frederick Douglass, Nikki Giovanni, Fred Hampton, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, bell hooks, Mahalia Jackson, Etta James, Henrietta Lacks, Audre Lorde, Gordon Parks, Richard Pryor, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, and many revered others through music, poetry, speeches, monologues, photography, and even stand-up comedy.
The event happens every February at its "home": the East Cleveland Public Library. Each year, Michelle serves as producer (with partner Josiah Quarles), director, curator, and performer (she has paid tribute to Henrietta Lacks (2018), Ntozake Shange (2019), and A'Lelia Walker (2020)).
In its third year (2020), the event expanded to a second venue, the Twinsburg Public Library, which went on to host the fourth annual, but first digital BLAX MUSEUM, with Michelle serving as executive director and curator, on its YouTube channel in February 2021.
For more information about BLAX MUSEUM, or if you are interested in becoming a part of the event or hosting a performance, contact Michelle R. Smith at MRSQ0927@gmail.com or 330-622-0606.