Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling Celebrates The Legacy Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 10, 2020

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18th & 19th, 2020.

Dr. King will be celebrated with songs of peace, truth and justice and art-making, a children’s book reading and inter-generational conversations exploring oral histories, spoken word and more.

Saturday, January 18th, will feature art-making activities, story hour and a special concert by VOICES Boston. VOICES Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) is a nationally recognized performing arts program based in Brookline, MA. Johanna Hill Simpson founded the program in 1990 for students at W.H. Lincoln School to train them in choral singing, dance, and drama. VOICES Boston has extended participation to children all over Boston, continuously grown membership in diversity and size, toured nationally and internationally, and expanded its training choirs. To reflect its broader reach and subsequent national and international collaborations, PALS was renamed VOICES Boston in 2014. This concert, beginning at 3pm and free with Museum admission, will feature African-American spirituals, folk music, pop music, rhythm-&-blues, Broadway standards and other composed songs. These young voices will bring songs of peace, community, strength and perseverance, faith, joy, simplicity, truth and justice to the Museum celebrating Dr. King.

Sunday, January 19th is PLAYDATE, the monthly FREE day at the Museum. From 10am – 5pm families are invited to experience the Museum, the exhibitions, storytelling, art-making and “The Drum Major Instinct.” Beginning at 3pm, “The Drum Major Instinct,” facilitated by Pickney Productions and the Significant Elders, celebrates community, our voices, and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through art-making, a children’s book reading and intergenerational program exploring oral histories, spoken word, and basic American Sign Language expressions.

The program is inspired by Dr. King’s reflective and inspiring sermon The Drum Major Instinct where he famously said “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice… for peace… for righteousness.”

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling hours are Thursday – Sunday, 10am until 5pm. Normal admission is free for children up to 8 years of age, $4.00 for children age 9 – 17, students with ID and Seniors (65+) and $7.00 for adults. Admission for all PLAYDATE events are FREE.

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The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling is a contemporary art museum for children rooted in principles of social justice. We strive to strengthen our culturally rich neighborhood with a space where children and their families grow and learn about Sugar Hill, and the world at large, through dialogue with artists, art and storytelling. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, the Museum opened in October of 2015 as the cultural capstone of the Sugar Hill Project, a multi-use building developed by Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) which includes permanent affordable housing for individuals and families, and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool.

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