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The Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music and Arts IPAMA
The Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music and Arts IPAMA
The Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music and Arts IPAMA


The Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music and Arts is the educational and cultural initiative of the Holy Redeemer Educational Consortium envisioned by Bishop Sedgwick Daniels.


This initiative is designed to preserve the rich tradition of African-American artistic contributions in the performing and visual arts. Its goal is to integrate the arts into academic achievement and performance utilizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. By preserving diverse musical genres and legendary contributions of African-Americans and through displaying and exhibiting artifacts, paintings and an array of artistic rendering that demonstrates cultural appreciation of the arts, the I-PAMA will advance awareness of the Black artistic journey through a collection of archival displays and historical footages that depicts the African-American artistic sojourn.The amazing triumphs, struggles, achievements and celebrations of their sojourn will be displayed throughout the institute.

The scenic and beautiful campuses of I-PAMA encircle a venue for performing arts productions, special events and a musical cafe featuring southern cuisines with an atmosphere of authentic African-American musical and artistic expressions. Historic and contemporary artistic resources will be accessible through an innovative electronic library designed to enhance research, provide information and preserve testimonials, memoirs and resources that affirm the rich tradition and contributions of an array of artist.


For centuries, indigenous Africans embraced the arts, sciences, mathematics & architectural concepts which have garnered notoriety and fostered appreciation for their profound ingenious. The global duplication of their culture and custom has revealed an unprecedented appreciation of their artist forms and contributions. The human transposing of these native Africans did not diminish the ability to preserve the rich traditions, identities and customs. They embraced an unfeigned and rigorous appreciation for the unparalleled and immeasurable traditions when globally dispersed, including their horrific trans-Atlantic middle passage to the Americas. These brutal and inhumane voyages were motivated by African tribal conflicts, European economic greed and the amassed benefits of slave trading in the United States. Their will to survive, belief in the possibility of returning to their native land, faith in their God and passion to protect their ancestral heritage afforded these captured Africans the unique ability to utilize intergenerational transfer of knowledge and traditions within their new communities. Their display of musical and artist expressions resonated through their worship experience and segregated environments.

Parenthetically and incidentally, the devalued appreciation by American and Europe communities would not ultimately defuse the significant contributions that the African tradition would embed into future generations and historians. The replication of African musical genres and artistic expressions have created multi-billion dollar industries and perpetually defined a plethora of globally recognized forms of Art

The I-PAMA is dedicated and committed to accurately archive and perpetuate a repository of their stellar accomplishments and provide avenue for future artist who can appreciate the African contribution to society.


Dr. Roosevelt Daniels Academic Symposium

Capturing and integrating the arts into the academic rigor of science, technology, engineering and math is the focus of the  symposium and affords urban youth an impressive advantage in their academic proficiency and  professional attainment.

Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark Conservatory

Embodied in the African Music tradition and often influenced by the substratum of Gospel Music various celebrated forms of African-American music evolved including blues, ragtime, jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, rap and other urban music traditions.  The I-PAMA will showcase these various musical personalities and eras, while revealing the evolution and impact of this musical presentation.

Maestra Karen Bell Rotunda

The I-PAMA has dedicated a centralized rotunda for the display of special African artistic collections and artifacts that symbolizes specific eras and artistic expressions both historic and contemporary

The African Ukumbi

The gathering place for special events, presentations, lectures and confabulations has been designated for traveling exhibits and  collaborative partnership opportunities. 

The Archives

The historic preservation of books, videos, periodicals, publications, paintings, renderings and other contributed articles will be displayed throughout the I-PAMA, which share the plight, victories and untold stories of unsung heroes and heroines


The ability to research historic contributions and explore a holistic presentation of African art, music and history will be afforded those entering the E-library. Genealogy and ancestry data recorded by governments and other historic organizations will be accessible utilizing technology.


As the United States was celebrating the grand opening of the historic and beautiful National African-American Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the visionary and cutting edge ministries of the Church Of God In Christ joyfully  celebrated the groundbreaking for “The Institute for the Preservation of African- American Music and Fine Arts” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The pilgrimage of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to Wisconsin in 2016 encircled the 30th anniversary of Holy Redeemer Institutional Church Of God In Christ, where Bishop Sedgwick Daniels is the Establishmentarian/Minister and sanctioned the multimillion dollar initiative for a historic  preservation, educational awareness and economic empowerment institute, entitled the Institute for Preservation of African-American Music and Arts, otherwise known as I-PAMA.

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