MLK Day – special art events!

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, many museums which are usually closed on Mondays are open today (and are offering free or discounted admission).

The Allentown Art Museum is free and open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. today, Monday, January 15, 2018. Visitors of all ages can enjoy art, music, poetry, monologues, film, and also have an opportunity to create art from noon to 4 p.m. and sing out at 3:30 p.m., as part of the special events scheduled for today’s Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration!

11 a.m.
Muhlenberg College gospel choir

Be transported by the vocal music of Rejoice, the Muhlenberg College gospel choir. This spirit-filled musical ensemble comprised of students from various places, races and creeds expresses their love of music and passion to praise through song.

Noon
Reading of Faith Ringgold’s children’s book

Gather around Faith Ringgold’s print Here Comes Moses to hear Museum public engagement manager Dianne Smith read from Ringgold’s book Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True. Tanner’s work, Lion Licking Paw (1886, below), is on display in Trexler Gallery.

1 p.m.
Meet the filmmaker: Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP 

Following a screening of his film at 1 p.m. and a 10-minute short with Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens, filmmaker Mick Caouette will take questions about Mr. Civil Rights.

2 & 2:45 p.m.
Nikki Powerhouse performs!

3:30 p.m.
Imani Uzuri’s Revolutionary Choir teach in and sing out

Come sing with Imani Uzuri’s Revolutionary Choir, all voices are welcome! This is a singing session for anyone who wants to learn traditional protest songs or create new songs of resistance and resilience.

The Philadelphia Art Museum is also open today for Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and holiday – admission today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. is “pay what you wish.” The museum is also offering visitors a chance to participate in community service at the museum today;

Artmaking for MANNA
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
MANNA will collect your artwork to distribute with the meals they deliver to those in need.

Conversation of Kings: Strength to Love, a Call to Action
11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
Dive deeper into the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a youth-focused conversation on how his legacy can inspire today’s social movements.
​Presented in collaboration with NewCORE

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