Edward E. Parker Museum of Art Celebrates Black Excellence

Edward E. Parker, a Young Queen of Soul, from the collection of Edward E. Parker Museum of Art.


Edward E. Parker Museum of Art observes and celebrates Black excellence daily. For the past two years, we have extended our Black history month display through the summer months, adding new material each month. This year, our goal will be to highlight the many important historical facts and figures that have escaped mainstream awareness and exposure. The display will be permanent, evolving over time.

It’s safe to say that the overall response to COVID-19 was mishandled, and that the extreme nature of the virus was not respected. Thankfully, the steps we have taken to minimize risk factors have allowed us to operate without incident or injury to staff. Even so, we were forced to cancel our New Year’s Eve party, Pre-Valentine’s Day dinner, and other events after facing the substantial increases in virus transmission experienced near the end of the year 2021.

Now that we are three months into the year 2022, we are praying for a positive, sustained change that will safely allow for large gatherings in appreciation of the arts. We are eager to replenish our programming schedule with exhibitions, art forums, Artist Speak, our annual Collard Green Festival, and Alternative Health Fair.

S.O.S. (Strengthening Our Students) is an amazing organization that enriches the lives of school-aged children by offering life skills programs, field trips, and virtual classes. Edward E. Parker Museum of Art has participated in, and hosted, their workshops in past years, and we will soon be collaborating with the organization again. Firm dates have not yet been established, but will be forthcoming. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. If you believe in the transformative power of artistic expression, give us a call—we may be able to combine resources, and be of service to one another.

Calling all artists: Professor Parker is accepting portfolios to be considered for exhibition at Shinn House Galleries. Although these exhibits are currently postponed, they will be resuming as soon as possible. If you are an artist who is interested in exhibiting, contact the museum to make an appointment to drop off sample work.

Please join us on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for art class. As usual, these classes are free of charge for seniors. Students are currently sculpting with clay; however, all mediums and skill levels are welcome—we would love to have you join us.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Visits may be scheduled outside of normal business hours by appointment. We would love to take you on a tour of E.E.P. Museum of Art, where the motto is “Think Art for social development!”

13240 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112