Belinda Tate Appointed to State Heritage Commission
Belinda Tate, director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been appointed to the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) as an at-large member through 2016. Tate was officially sworn-in as a commissioner on September 30 by Representative Alma Adams at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh, NC.
"I hope to work closely with Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, African American Heritage Commission Director Michelle Lanier and AAHC Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Johnson to foster greater awareness across the state regarding North Carolina’s rich African American legacy and to champion greater economic opportunities for those working in the creative and cultural sectors," Tate said.
In her role as director of the Diggs Gallery for 14 years, Tate has been the curator for over 50 exhibitions of African and African American art. Additionally, she has expanded the gallery's permanent collection by 20 percent and served as a guest speaker at various prestigious institutions. Tate also has been actively involved with a variety of arts-related organizations, including serving on committees and boards for the N. C. Museum of Art, the N. C. Freedom Monument, Reynolda House Museum and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts. She was accepted as a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors in 2012 based on her qualifications and the high standards of operations at Diggs Gallery. Tate also is well known in the region for her grassroots community arts and engagement initiatives.
The commission was established in 2008 by the North Carolina General Assembly to assist the secretary of cultural resources in the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the state’s African American history, arts and culture for all people.