The past two months of September and October, normally our slowest time of the year, have been quite remarkable thanks to the Visions of Our 44th President exhibition, which has attracted attention from near and far. Fifteen of the participating artists, many of whom traveled from across the country at their own expense, attended an opening reception and artists’ discussion about this fantastic endeavor, which is living up to its billing as, “An exhibition of historic importance.” We’re proud to host this groundbreaking artistic collaboration through August of 2013. But please don’t wait to see it - as we expect crowds to swell following the presidential election and into the holiday season.
This month will truly be something special, as we have three new exhibits opening. Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology, our new, permanent and high-tech exhibition exploring the contributions, past and present, of African Americans to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, opens Saturday, November 10. The following week sees the openings of A Very PresentForce: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP on November 14, and Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan and Mexico on November 15.
In combination with Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music, and the Museum’s central experience, And Still We Rise, November offers an unparalleled array of exhibits spanning art, activism, geography, history, music, science and technology. Now more than ever, there’s something for everyone at The Wright Museum!
The Love of Literacy Lives On
We are pleased to announce a substantial award of support by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Due in part to the success of July’s Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children’s Book Fair, the Museum has received a $750,000 commitment by the Knight Foundation that will allow us to continue literacy programming on an annual basis. The award was part of a combined $19.25 million investment in Detroit arts and culture; the other recipient institutions were the Arab American National Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit School of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Sphinx Organization. We thank the Knight Foundation for their support, on behalf of our partner institutions, and the thousands of children our literacy programming will reach in the years to come.