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Date: Thursday, Feb 2, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Museum-wide
Suggested Audience: All ages
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Black History Month Celebration

First Thursday Night
Feb. 2, 48 p.m
Reduced museum admission—$6 per person

Celebrate Black heritage and achievements in history, science, art and music through storytelling, special activities, and performances.

  • Community Artist Showcase: Create collaborative art with multiple local artists including members of the EIGHTEEN collective.
    • Kyng Nathaniel @kyngrhodes 
    • Deonna Craig @deonna_heartbeat
    • Harriet Watson @harrietmakesart
  • Community Resource Fair: Discover resources available to the community from a variety of organizations.
  • Achievements from A to Z Storytelling Workshop: Join Storyteller in Residence Portia Jackson as she highlights the  amazing contributions of African-American inventors from A-Z.
  • Ashley Nora Visiting Artist Workshop: Join Visiting Artist Ashley Nora to observe the many beautiful components of space and create your own artwork using deep colors from oil pastels.
  • The Poetic Journey of Alyssa Gaines, National Youth Poet Laureate (4:30 and 6 p.m.): Listen to spoken word performed by Alyssa, be inspired by her journey as a writer, and learn how you can become an author and poet.  

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More about Alyssa Gaines
Alyssa is the 2022 National Youth Poet Laureate—a program of Urban Word—and Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Indianapolis—a program sponsored by Voices Corp.

Alyssa will perform some of her poetic pieces from her growing body of work that has led her to be featured in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing, on NPR, and at the Kennedy Center. You can watch her Kennedy Center performance here. Be inspired by her poetic journey as a writer and learn how you can be an author and poet.

Supported by

The Visiting Artist Program is a project of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund with support provided by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter.

Free for members or with museum admission

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