FREE ADMISSION 10 AM – 5 PM!
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day: Spread the Word: Celebrate the powerful message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of big dreams, self-expression, and powerful messages. This free, family-friendly event is a perfect opportunity for people of all ages to connect with the transformative power of art and the spoken and written word.
The day’s schedule of events is below.
All Day: Make a Dream Journal
Create and decorate your own dream journal to keep track of your ideas, hopes, goals, and dreams.
10 am – 4 pm: Ice Cream for a Dream
Share your biggest dreams with Dream Chaser #1 from the Dream Support Network and receive a free ice cream!
10 am – 4 pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Speech
Listen to the original footage of MLK’s powerful speech.
4 pm: Film: Ice Cream for a Dream Documentary
Learn more about Ice Cream for a Dream with this mini documentary and meet Dream Chaser #1.
SHARE A MESSAGE
All Day: Sketch & Send a Postcard
Sketch an artwork that makes you feel happy, calm, or joyful. Then, mail your sketch to a friend or family member.
All Day: Write Magnetic Poetry
Create your own poetry using magnetic poetry boards.
2 – 3 pm: Book Crossing with the Amistad Center’s Teen Advisory Group
Meet the Amistad Center for Art & Culture‘s Teen Advisory Group (TAG), and participate in a book-sharing activity.
All Day: Words of Wisdom with Natasha Miles
Join teaching artist Natasha Miles and create a personal symbol inspired by the symbols of different cultures.
11 am – 3 pm: Mixed Media Performances
Stop by the stage in Morgan Great Hall to see how spoken word poetry, drums, dance, and music work together to send a powerful message through performance.
- 11 am – Poetry, Drum, and Dance Showcase
- 11:30 am – Interactive Family Workshops
- noon – Iron Poet Challenge
- 1 pm – Collaboration Showcase
- 2 pm – Lift Every Voice and Sing Gospel Choir
- 2:30 pm – Open Mic (sign-ups begin at 2 pm)
Mixed Media performance partners include Hartford CityShare, the Iron Poet Series, Gerard Hector, and Island Reflections Dance Theater Company.
11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm: Ask About Art
Explore meaningful messages in art through a docent guided tour of our American Art collection.
Facebook event here.
View photos from last year’s MLK Community Day!
Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.