Published on April 11th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Celebrate food culture with the Friends of African American Art & Culture

Pictured A plate of vegan soul food from A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen. Photo credit: Folami Geter

Back to Our Roots features conversation with plant-based food experts, tastings, and more.

Thursday, May 2 | Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Event 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Columbia, S.C. – The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) explores food culture across the African Diaspora and the benefits of plant-based eating on Thursday, May 2, 2019. A unique twist on their annual meeting, Back to Our Roots: A Celebration of African American Food Culture kicks off with a brief year-in-review followed by an interactive conversation with Chef Folami Geter of A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen; Chef Saa of Rawtopian Bliss; Health Educator Bonita Clemons of Dianne’s Call; and KJ Kearney, founder of Charleston’s Red Rice Day (moderator).

Chef Geter and Chef Saa have helped usher in a renewed interest in plant-based eating, and their unique brands of vegan meals draw crowds from across the Midlands. Health Educator Clemons joins other local African American farmers to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods in Columbia.

The celebration continues with a food tasting and a mixer featuring Beyond the Deep Band, a group of young musicians destined to become Columbia’s “variety band of choice.”

$10 / $5 for FAAAC Members. Includes two tasting tickets. Additional food available for purchase. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit


About the FAAAC
The Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC) is a membership affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art. Members of the FAAAC are brought together across boundaries of gender, ethnicity, and age by their appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans. The FAAAC seeks to educate, engage, and inspire the community and visitors to the museum.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop.
Overall, more than 15,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

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