Past Event

Louis Armstrong House Fellows Presentations

Join the Louis Armstrong House Museum Curatorial Fellows as they present on Armstrong-related topics for the culmination of their year-long Fellowship.

Aiyonna Aviles 
Curating Narratives: The Representation of Black Artists in Public Museum

A discussion analyzing how the work of black artists are presented to the public; concentrating on the representation of black narratives. I will be posing the questions of who curates the exhibits in some of New York City’s most prominent art institutions? And who controls the way these narratives are presented?

Aiyonna Aviles is a recent graduate of Norfolk State University; earning a degree in History with a concentration in African American and Latin American History. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in a National Science Foundation Grant Project entitled “Transformation of Racialized American Southern Heritage Landscapes”; researching how race and slavery are discussed at historic plantation house museums. Originally from Virginia Beach, Va, her academic interests have afforded her the opportunity to travel in the American South and Caribbean to conduct research on holistic narratives. Her aspirations are to become a professor of African American History and to continue her research on the representation of black artists in fine art institutions. As a Louis Armstrong House Fellow, she has been engaged in research that analyzes how black narratives are presented to the public; formulating questions about curating the work of black artists and diversifying museum staff.

Robert Wright Jr.
Owning Your Culture

A visual and audio examination of cultural inclusion via Louis’ reel-to-reel tape covers and the universal language of music.


Robert Wright Jr. is recent graduate of the historically black college, Bethune Cookman University, located in Daytona Beach, FL. A native of Florida, Robert moved to the north-east region immediately following undergrad to further his life endeavors. Robert is currently pursuing a Masters of Higher Education Administration degree at Georgia Southern University and is excited to start a full-time position with the National Park Service in Staten Island following his fellowship here at Louis Armstrong House Museum. As a LAHM Fellow, Robert has indulged in rich jazz performance history, the presence of African Americans in pop culture, diversity in cultures as a means of inclusion, and the effects that visual languages have on the world.