Photo Credit: Harold Shapiro

Photo Credit: Harold Shapiro

Frank Mitchell, Curator-at-Large and Assistant Director of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, specializes in African-American historical and  American contemporary visual culture. Past Amistad Center exhibitions include Emancipation!, War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War, Lincoln: Man, Myth and Memory, High Water Marks: Art & ReNEWal after Katrina, Soulfood: African American Cooking and Creativity, Hairitage, and Sankofa. He is curatorial consultant to the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum renovation and frequently contributes to the Connecticut history magazine Connecticut Explored. 

Frank has research and writing credits on the Connecticut Public Television documentaries African Americans in Connecticut parts I, II, Connecticut’s Cities, and the independent documentary Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven.  Mitchell is a member of the Connecticut public history collective Stone Soup and author of the 2009 Greenwood Press publication African American Food Culture.  He is a co-author and photo editor for the 2013 Wesleyan University Press anthology African American Connecticut Explored. He serves on the boards of Common Ground Charter High School & Environmental Center, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Eli Whitney Museum, and is a member of the New Haven Food Policy Council.