SOTA Celebrates Black History Month

Contact: Chris Potash                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 3, 2014)
Tel. 610/432-4333, ext. 125
Email: cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org


The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Vallley’s volunteer service organization, the Society of the Arts (SOTA), turns fifty this year, and to mark the occasion a number of celebratory events are planned throughout 2014, including the following in honor of Black History Month:
February 9 (Sunday) at 1 p.m.
"A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 and Beyond"
Professor William Earl Williams presents an illustrated lecture that uses historical documents, newspapers, artwork, and his photographs of historical sites to give meaning and appreciation of the places and people that shaped the struggle for freedom for all Americans, eventually leading to the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Williams is a professor of Fine Arts and the Curator of Photography at Haverford College. He has documented the history of American slavery by examining the places where it happened, from the Caribbean to North America. “The more I learned about these places,” says Dr. Williams, "the more I wanted to make photographs of these places and landscapes that were visual metaphors for the uniquely American experience of living, remembering, forgetting, and then remembering.” Dr. Williams’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, the Metropolitan Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and many others.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served afterward.
Also on February 9, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and FREE to Museumgoers:
--in Trexler Hall singer Kari Holmes will perform spirituals, gospel music, Civil Rights anthems, and other music from the Black American tradition (in twenty-minute sets with fifteen-minute breaks). Kari has shared the stage with beloved gospel virtuoso Steve Green and gospel recording artist Ms. Crystal Lewis and is a member of Lehigh Valley’s First Family of Gospel, OnTime (aka The Holmes Family).
Kari is also the lead curator for the Young, Black and Gifted Arts Initiative, which exhibits the work of young, accomplished urban artists.
--in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery staff will help kids build a "Dream Box" into which they can envision their hopes, dreams, ideas, and wishes for the future; all materials included.
For more information on the events of Sunday, February 9, call the Museum at 610-432-4333 ext 110.
For more information about SOTA events planned for this anniversary year, click on the SOTA tab at the top of the Museum’s website.