Ruben Marquez, MLK Jr. , 2018. Digital photo collage. Courtesy of the artist.

FREE FAMILY DAY | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

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MoAD will celebrate the national observance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a Day of Service, providing FREE admission to the museum and programs throughout the day.

Through film, art, and music, our special guests will help us reflect on the importance of free speech and diverse communities. Oaktown Jazz will perform with its talented youth and Dimensions Dance Theater will present From Africa to America. We launch our partnership with Art + Action to educate about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. A family art activity and gallery scavenger hunt connects families to our winter exhibitions, Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, Don’t Shoot: The Opus of the Opulence of Blackness, Chanell Stone: Natura Negra, Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion and Resistance, and Rashaad Newsome: Stop Playing in My Face! and Icon.

Come together to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our nation’s greatest heroes.

FREE ADMISSION

MLK DAY SCHEDULE 

SIDEWALK

11 AM – 2 PM
Prescott Circus performers from Prescott Elementary in West Oakland will dazzle you with their stilt-walking and interactive performance

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Sidewalk Chalk Art with Jamie Treacy

FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion and Resistance, Photography by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES

Don’t Shoot: The Opus of the Opulence of Blackness

MoAD Emerging Artist Program presents Chanell Stone: Natura Negra

Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community,
business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—is building a city-wide arts-based campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. During MLK week Art+Action will be activating MoAD with The Butterfly Effect—a group of Bay Area youth activists who have created over 40,000 butterflies in solidarity with the migrant children who have been and are currently in US detention centers—to underscore that every child counts… in the 2020 Census and in America. Art+Action will present a simultaneous 2020 Census activation with Sanctuary City Project on Monday, January 20 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

FREEDOM THEATER

Rashaad Newsome: Stop Playing in My Face! and Icon.

MoAD SALON

11:30 – 1:30 PM
Dimensions Dance Company will present a youth dance performance The History of Dance From Africa to America,” tracing the evolution of African dance from its traditional roots to its contemporary expressions in the United States. Through dance and music participants are introduced to the original purpose of dance in Africa and how dance and music in America have been influenced by the African Diaspora. The presentation includes the excitement of live drums and highly spirited dances in traditional African, jazz, and hip hop, will take place in front of MoAD on the sidewalk, and will be performed two times with a break in between each performance.

2  – 4 pm
Oaktown Jazz Workshops celebrates jazz music as an American indigenous art form of profound and artistic significance

THIRD FLOOR

Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

11am – 4pm
Family Art Activity with Nicole Dixon

FREE ADMISSION


 

This day is made possible in part by the generous support of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and the Adobe Black Employee Network.

Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—is building a city-wide arts-based campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they’ll be launching an arts-based public media campaign and city-wide art activations throughout San Francisco from January-July 2020, to galvanize communities to participate to receive their fair share of resources and representation.

MoAD thanks our in-kind partners for this event: California Pizza Kitchen and Peet’s Coffee.

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