"Honoring the principals and the values that are represented with the Martin Luther King holidays is important to us," said Judith Hayner, Executive Director, Muskegon Museum of Art. "We offer a remarkable environment of creativity, respite and inspiration, and this day is the perfect day to open the doors and offer that to all who come. To be surrounded by art, including art by some of the America's most notable African American artists, speaks to the spirit and dreams of the martin Luther King in a very unique way."
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Community Day includes:
- Art and craft project in the classroom.
- Muskegon High School AP Art Student docents in the galleries, who will talk about various artworks that are on display.
- Reading station with a volunteer reader in The Preacher and His Congregation exhibition gallery, which displays photographs of the life of a 1970s circuit preacher and his congregation.
- Up from the Bottoms, a documentary film following the personal stories of African-Americans, now in their 80s and 90s, who migrated north in the 1940s to the war factories of Muskegon Michigan. The film will be show on the hour, through the day.
The Muskegon Museum of Art is located downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Avenue. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Community Day is sponsored by Meijer. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for more information on exhibitions and programs.