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Black History Month Art & Storytime
WHO: Arts Institute of Middlesex County in partnership with Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
WHEN: February 24th at 4 pm
Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick and discover the real-life heroic story of Dave, an artist and poet who was also enslaved. Explore Dave’s life and work through Bryan Collier’s illustrations and images of Dave’s pottery which can be found in museum collections today. After the reading, create your own pottery using some of the same techniques Dave used!
All ages are welcome! Once you register, we will provide you with a list of optional supplies including a link to order clay on-line and a link for a DIY clay recipe. These supplies are all fun to have for the activity, but they are not necessary to participate in the reading.
Register for the event at tinyurl.com/DavethePotter
Want more stories to Celebrate Black History Month? Check out these videos!
Here is our collection of activity sheets to go along with your storytime. Pick your favorites and try them all!
|Painting with “Under the Sunday Tree”
Explore everyday family and community life in the Bahamas through paintings and
poetry then create your own everyday scene or portrait in paint!
||Found Paper Collage with “The Snowy Day”|
Adventure out on a snowy day with Keats and explore a
wintery world created from paper, then create your own collage from a variety of patterned, painted, torn, and printed papers you can find around your own home.
|Painting with “Gaston”
Enjoy a charming tale of two different families told through the cheery illustrations of Christian Robinson then create your own painting of one of your favorite animals or family members!
||Found Object Sculpture with "Magic Trash"|
Explore a community transformed by the power of art through the life and work of artist Tyree Guyton then create your own sculptures from found and recycled materials!
|Found Paper Collage with “My Hands Sing the Blues”
Explore the artwork and life of artist Romare Bearden as told through multimedia illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon, then create your own collage from a variety of your own found papers.
||Marbled paper with “the Stuff of Stars”|
Explore the birth of our universe and how we all came to be
through the swirling art of Ekua Holmes. Experiment with some unconventional materials to create your own “out of this world” marbled paper!
|Sculpture with “The Sweet and Sour Animal Book”
Explore a menagerie of animals sculpted by a class of young artists who were inspired by Langston Hughes and his poetry. After the reading, grab what you have on-hand to create your own animal sculpture!
||Clay Pottery with “Dave the Potter”|
Explore Dave’s life and work through Bryan Collier’s illustrations and images of Dave’s pottery which can be found in museum collections today. After the reading,
create your own pottery using some of the same techniques Dave used!
Intersection of Art and Social Justice
Artists all over the County have come together to find creative ways of connecting us through public art, virtual experiences, and safe performances. Here is a sample of just some of the ways in which the arts are sustaining us through these difficult times.
Windows of Understanding: Racial Justice Virtual Exhibition
Windows of Understanding is a public art project that pairs artists with organizations to create site- specific works intended to convey how each organization addresses social justice. In 2021, artists focused on five issues: Climate Change, Food Insecurity, Public Health, Healing from Trauma, and Youth Engagement. This year, more than ever, this virtual exhibition aims to help us process issues surrounding the pandemic as well as the continued broad racial reckonings we face in our communities and as a nation. We hope that this work will serve to provide a variety of perspectives, spur conversations, and broaden our understanding of the intersectionality of racial justice.
Windows of Understanding is presented by Mason Gross School of the Arts in collaboration with the New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Highland Park Arts Commission, and Metuchen Arts Commission.
“Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone. All people are able to achieve their full potential in life, regardless of race, ethnicity or the community in which they live…A ‘racial justice’ framework can move us from a reactive posture to a more powerful, proactive and even preventive approach. Source: ANNIE E. Casey Foundation
For more information about Windows of Understanding, https://www.windowsofunderstanding.org/
Inspired Events in February
Check out these events for some other ways to engage in Black History Month.