Picture Your Dreams
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 12, 2010 – Join the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Amistad Center for Art & Culture in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, on Monday, January 18, with free admission from 10 am until 5 pm. Spend the day participating in family-friendly art activities, watching live performances, or simply enjoying a free day at the museum.
The day’s theme, “Picture Your Dreams,” is reminiscent of Dr. King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and prompts visitors to reexamine their own dreams. Activities focused on dreams include a hands-on quilt activity with artist Donald Boudreaux, drawing with artist Jeremiah Patterson, postcard collages with artist Stanwyck Cromwell, and the distribution of dream journals. More family fun will be available with a Storybook Time.
Docent-led tours of the exhibition Digging Deeper and Winslow Homer’s The Nooning will provide visitors with an in depth exploration of these fascinating works.
Visitors can also enjoy a live performance by Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS) Community Gospel Choir and the Voices of Glory from the Sanctuary of Faith & Glory, or listen to The Amistad Center for Art and Culture’s Teen Advisory Group’s “Dream Playlist” in Morgan Great Hall.
In association with the Community Health Services’ Community Threads initiative, the Wadsworth will also show the film The Quilts of Gee’s Bend at 3:00 pm. This 28-minute documentary takes place in the Gee’s Bend quilt makers’ homes and is told through the women’s voices. This music-filled film takes viewers inside the art and fascinating living history of a uniquely American community art form.
Boxed lunches will be available in the museum café, and a complementary snack will be offered later in the afternoon.The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main St. in Hartford, Connecticut. The Museum is open Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org for more information.