january 2019

21jan11:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedMartin Luther King Jr. Day celebration - FREE!


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration—FREE!

Free Admission | 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate and engage with African American art, history, and culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Art Museum. Free admission and art-making activities that will immerse you and your family in the motifs and imagery explored by prominent African American artists, plus live music and meaningful discussions.

Muhlenberg College Choir Performance | 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Rejoice, the Muhlenberg College Gospel Choir, is a spirit-filled musical ensemble. Comprised of students from various places, races, and creeds, the Gospel Choir is truly reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Muhlenberg College community. Their common bond is their love of music and a passion to praise God through song. The choir will perform two 30-minute sets.



Art making in Crayola Classroom: Works on paper | Noon–4 p.m.

Participate with your young ones in the Museum’s “CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference” initiative, which aims to build civic engagement and a shared community pride through art making. Visit the Crayola Classroom to make an artwork in honor of Dr. King and his leadership!


Art making in Art Ways: Activist pins | Noon–4 p.m.

Use markers and collage materials to make wearable pins and stickers inspired by works in the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement.


NAACP luncheon in the auditorium | 12:30–2 p.m.

Ventriloquist Nigel “Docta Gel” Dunkley and Friends | noon & 1 p.m.

Docta Gel is a ventriloquist/comedian specializing in improv comedy accompanied by a band of misfits. His show is known as ‘GELTOWN’… Somewhere near Sesame Street but the street lights don’t all work.

The cast of characters known as the Geltown Crew stars Cindy Hot Chocolate, her cousin D-Roy, and an elderly crooner with medical problems named Clyde, as well as a few others. Each character is unique and full of personality. This lively bunch engages audiences with real-life conversations with the hope of bringing joy, thus changing lives for the better. DoctaGel and friends will be in conversation from, noon to 12:30 and again from 1 to 1:30 p.m.



Film: Freedom Riders  | 1 p.m.

Enjoy this powerful, harrowing, and inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed American forever. From May until November 1961, more than four hundred black and white Americans risked their lives–many endured savage beatings and imprisonment–for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.


Troupe Da Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble | 2 p.m.

Troupe Da Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble was founded in 1995 by Renee “Oyin” Hardy. Their repertoire includes a variety of traditional West African and Afro-Cuban dances. Dressed in colorful, authentic costumes and singing in traditional African languages, the dancers of Troupe Da-Da move gracefully to the powerful rhythms of the Djembe, Dundun, Conga and Bata drums. Troupe Da-Da also plays a number of African percussion instruments such as the Sekere, Log Drums and the Talking drums from Nigeria.


Live performances and dynamic conversation: Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux & Will Calhoun | 3 p.m.

This afternoon of onstage conversation, song, and poetry with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, and Will Calhoun is curated around the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement. What connects all the performers are the strategies of engagements utilized in their life’s work and activism, very much like Dr. King’s.

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age seventeen, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk.


Carl Hancock Rux is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University of California–San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, and the University of Iowa and Brown University, and he has collaborated with Carrie Mae Weems on numerous occasions.

Will Calhoun’s unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour’s four Epic releases: the groundbreaking multiplatinum debut, Vivid; the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time’s Up; the Biscuits EP; and Stain; as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific songwriter, Will has cowritten many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song “Pride” on Time’s Up and “Nothingness” on Stain. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award for Best Rock Band. Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists, including B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, the Allman Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). He has recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will worked on Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated CD Colors.


(Monday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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