This year the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has created an exciting and educational lineup of films, art, and discussions to commemorate 2019’s Black History month. The regular admission is $5, $2 for students, and free for KIA members and children 12 and under, but a large number of these events are free.
Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Watch this unique film to discover more about the rise, fall and arguable resurrection of Detroit from the perspective mail carrier Wendell Watkins, a mailman of 30 years. After words a discussion will be held with filmmaker Pamela Sporn and monitored by WMU Professor Michelle S. Johnson.
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult, get to read a story, investigate art, and make their own art project all for free!
Black is the Color: African American Artists and Segregation
Tuesday, February 12, 12 p.m.
At no charge at all, visit the KIA for an Artbreak video discussing the past and present of black art historians, gallerists, and artists. Examine the history of Black visual art and comprehend its role in society.
The Blue Pool by Romare Bearden
Thursday, February 15, 12 p.m.
Join the picture gallery talk for free to learn more about Romare Bearden’s The Blue Pool with the KIA’s Director of Education, Michelle Stempien.
African-American Artist in the KIA Collection
Tuesday, February 19, 12 p.m.
Harvey Myers, a KIA docent, will lead an Artbreak discussion on Charles Alston, Jacob Lawrence, and Hughie Lee-Smith — all of who are feature in The Expressionist Figure exhibition. Learn how these individuals became major art figures during the Harlem Renaissance, all at no price.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Wednesday, March 20 2 p.m.
Join Harvey Myers and Stacy Ledbetter for another free discussion over the successful book turned successful movie The Hate U Give.
Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. reception
Learn about the museum expansion, preview artwork, and learn about the rich history of The Studio Museum with Curator Connie H. Choi at this KIA evening talk.
Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, Stereotypes
Tuesday, February 26, 12 p.m.
Through comics and their creators learn more about the racist stereotyping culture in the U.S.