In association with the presentation of the exhibit, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History proudly presents the Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children’s Book Fair featuring the critically and popularly acclaimed illustrator, his wife and noted storyteller and writer Gloria Jean Pinkney, performances by area dance companies, and over 2,200 book giveaways. This free, family-friendly literary and performing arts extravaganza takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, at the Museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit.
“Jerry Pinkney is the master of the American picture book,” says Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies curator Dr. Joyce K. Schiller. Adds Juanita Moore, President & CEO of The Wright Museum, “We’re delighted with the Witness exhibit, and based upon audience response, the public is as well. So we are thrilled to host Mr. Pinkney, and with the planned activities, fully expect the stories to jump off the pages and into the hearts and minds of children of all ages.”
Mr. Pinkney, who has illustrated over one hundred children’s books that have been translated into sixteen languages and published in fourteen countries, will be on-hand for both days of the Children’s Book Fair, leading discussions and workshops. The schedule of events includes:
Saturday, July 28 (Museum hours: 9 am – 5 pm)
10:00 am Gallery Talk with Jerry Pinkney in the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibit
11:00 am Living Arts Detroit (performance)
11:30 am Detroit Windsor Dance Company featuring Miss Black Michigan Alescia Hollowell
12:00 pm Thiosane Performing Arts Company of Nsoroma Institute
1:00 pm Storytelling with Gloria Jean Pinkney
1:45 pm Gallery Talk with Jerry Pinkney in the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibit
3:30 pm Storytelling with Gloria Jean Pinkney
Face painting by Sandra Epps begins at 11 am. Children’s workshops take place every hour from 10 am – 4 pm. Jerry Pinkney will be signing books throughout the day.
Sunday, July 29 (Museum hours: 1 pm – 5 pm)
1 – 3 pm Jerry Pinkney Meet and Greet and Book Signing
1 – 5 pm Face painting & children’s workshops
3:00 pm Thiosane Performing Arts Company of Nsoroma Institute
Also on-site will be a number of noted local children’s book authors, including Andre Batts, Ronnie Boggess, Karen Dabney, Anita Gibbs, Phyllis Gilmore, and David Watkins. Over 2,200 books giveaways will take place, courtesy of First Book. The above activities, with the exception of the Gallery Talks in the Witness exhibit, are free and open to the public. The Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibition is free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), and $5 for seniors (62+) and youth (3-12). Admission is free for Museum members and children under 3.
The Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children’s Book Fair is a part of The Wright Museum’s summer literacy programming and is made possible by the generous support of Ford Motor Company and the General Motors Foundation. These and other community and corporate partners have come together to support the Museum and its 2012 annual benefit, also known as The Wright Gala, with the theme, For The Love of Literacy, taking place Saturday, September 8, 2012. To learn more, please visit www.TheWrightGala.org.
About the exhibition, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney features over 140 works by Mr. Pinkney, who was recently presented with the prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children that year. The recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators in New York, the artist has also served on the Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the National Postal Service’s Citizen Stamp Advisory Council. Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney is on display through September 9, 2012.
About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.