Outer Experiences

The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota


A non-profit dedicated to sharing the history of Black Minnesotans.



The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM) is dedicated to sharing black Minnesota history through exhibitions and events.
The African American Interpretive Center will be the preeminent space for the community to reflect on the black experience in Minnesota centered on themes of history, identity, culture, the arts, and community building.
We incorporate the history, stories and legacies of black Minnesotans in our exhibits in order to fairly represent the contribution that this community has made to Minnesota society.
We will remain dedicated to offering programs that allow our patrons to gain access to knowledge via traditional and community resources.
To explore and find a sense of self within our wider society.
To complete all work with the highest level of transparency and accountability to our community and the public.


Exhibitions and Events


Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota

When: Feb. 25 - June 20

Where: The Minnesota Museum of American Art

Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota is a combination of an idea and object driven exhibition exploring the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. The exhibit is based on AAICM’s eponymous digital collection featuring interviews that amplify the voices of Black Minnesotans and the history that connects them to their home. Each interview explores the narrator’s family history, their life in small-town Minnesota, and their experience of living on the margins of Black and white society.

*No tickets required.


The Minnesota Museum of American Art


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society

Learn more about our previous show, The Builders below by clicking the suggested reading tab.

Suggested Reading


You can help create a place for African American history in MN!

Spread the word about upcoming events! The Center can only grow with support and interest from all Minnesotans interested in the history of black people in MN.

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Donate! Donations will go toward funding future exhibits and events.




Minnesota's Black Past in Photographs
Inaugural Exhibition
April 2017

WWI: The Black Experience
Panel Discussion
June 2017

AAICM's Lindy Hop Fundraiser
Inaugural Fundraiser
October 2017

1967: The Plymouth Ave. Rebellion


February 2018

The Builders


August 2019

*Star Tribune's Top Art Exhibition of 2019


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