Events @ The Allentown Art Museum
Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration—FREE!11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrate and engage with African American art, history, and culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Art Museum. Free admission and art-making activities that will immerse you and your family in the motifs and imagery explored by prominent African American artists, plus live music and meaningful discussions.
11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.: Muhlenberg College Choir Performance
Rejoice, the Muhlenberg College Gospel Choir, will perform two 30-minute sets.
Noon–4 p.m.: Art making in Art Ways—Activist pins
Make wearable pins and stickers inspired by works in the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement.
noon & 1 p.m.
Ventriloquist Nigel “Docta Gel” Dunkley and Friends
Docta Gel is a ventriloquist specializing in improv comedy that engages audiences of all ages with real-life conversations.
1 p.m.: Film: Freedom Riders
In 1961, more than four hundred black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
2 p.m.: Troupe Da Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Dressed in colorful, authentic costumes and singing in traditional African languages, the dancers of Troupe Da-Da move gracefully to the powerful rhythms of the Djembe, Dundun, Conga, Bata, and Talking drums from Nigeria.
3 p.m.: Live performances and dynamic conversation: Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux & Will Calhoun
This afternoon of onstage conversation, song, and poetry with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, and Will Calhoun is curated around the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement. What connects all the performers are the strategies of engagements utilized in their life’s work and activism, very much like Dr. King’s.