30th African World Festival @ The Wright Museum
Friday 8/17 - Sunday 8/19, Noon - 11:30 pm daily
Celebrate a proud new tradition as African World Festival comes home to the Wright Museum this year with the theme, “A Family Affair.” This year’s festival will feature special performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, vendors, ethnic foods, and exhibitions celebrating the best of the festival’s past. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit and explore The Wright Museum (which will have extended hours until 8 pm during the festival) and share in special activities including the free King Center Imaging Project exhibit courtesy of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in the Museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda. African World Festival will afford thousands the opportunity to rejoice, relive and reconnect! Click here to learn more...
Call for AWF Memorabilia 1983 - 2012
Help make this year special: do you have AWF posters, T-shirts, photos or other keepsakes from past African World Festivals? If so, please contact the AWF office and let us know how we can showcase your souvenirs! Call the festival office at (313) 494-5824 or email email@example.com.
Charles H. Wright Memorial Golf Classic
Saturday August 18, 2012 at 8 am
Taking place this year at the Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti, this annual event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, food at turn, meal after tournament, goodie bag, and a portion of the proceeds benefits The Wright Museum! $100 per Golfer; please click here to purchase tickets, or call (313) 655-7331. Hosted by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Omega Chapter.
2012 Wright Benefit Gala: For The Love of Literacy
Saturday 9/8 at 7:30 pm
First Lady of the City of Detroit Yvette Bing and Co-Chairs Jo Coleman, Jennifer Fischer, Cynthia Ford and Kim Reuss present the return of The Wright Gala this September 8 at 7:30 pm. Attendees can expect a sumptuous feast for the senses, including fine dining, international entertainment, and... the unexpected! Proceeds benefit The Wright Museum and support its programs including the presentation of the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibit and this summer's literacy programming. Gala tickets start at $250 (After Affair tickets are available at $75) and can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the Museum's Information Desk. The Wright Gala is made possible thanks to Title Presenting Sponsor Ford Motor Company, Presenting Gala SponsorGeneral Motors, and Literacy & Education Sponsor Bank of America. For sponsorship, please call (313) 494-5853 or click here to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more...
8th Biennial Awards for Excellence Legacy Dinner
Saturday 9/22 at 5 pm
Sponsored by The Friends Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this dinner celebration honors the legacy of Museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright by recognizing members of the local community who exemplify excellence in their fields of endeavor. The ceremony will also include a "Where Are They Now" recognition of individuals delivered by Dr. Wright between 1953 and 1985 - if you are one of Dr. Wright’s “babies” and would like to be included in the souvenir booklet, please provide your name, career, and baby and/or current photo to Will Cooper at email@example.com or Stephanie Wright-Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open for the Legacy Dinner at 5 pm, with cocktails at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, awards presentation, and afterglow. Jerome Clark is the featured entertainer. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased from The Wright Museum Gift Shop at (313) 494-5873, Brunette Vinson at (313) 865-3929 or any Friends Committee member.
In The Footsteps of Mandela 12-Day South Africa Vacation & Safari
October 8 - 19, 2013
Join fellow patrons, staff members and supporters of The Wright Museum on this amazing journey through the vibrantRainbow Nation. Discover Nelson Mandela's South Africa through a collection of unique excursions and soulful encounters. This exclusive itinerary comes complete with most meals, luxurious accommodations, numerous excursions, plus round trip air transportation from Detroit. Please click here to download the brochure. For information or to book your reservation call (800) 321-0040.
Voices of the Civil War Episode 7, "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot"
Wednesday 8/15 online at TheWright.org/voices
The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. In Episode 7, "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot," we visit the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where cotton production flourished during slavery. As the Civil War unfolds, the islands become the site of the Battle of Port Royal on November 7, 1961. We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog, where you can view new and previous episodes at www.TheWright.org/voices.
Blue Star Museums
Now through 9/3/2012
The Wright Museum has joined 1,800 other American cultural institutions in offering free admission to active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense, is in its third year; active-duty U.S. military personnel with ID and up to five of their family members get into The Wright Museum free as a thank-you for their service and sacrifice and to support military families on a tight budget. Museums in all 50 states are taking part this year; click here to learn more...
The King Center Imaging Project
August 13 - 19
The King Center is home to the world’s largest repository of documents of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including over 1 million speeches, manuscripts, photographs, film, video and other one-of-a-kind materials from the Civil Rights Movement. JPMorgan Chase, through its Technology for Social Good program, has committed its technology expertise to digitize more than one million pieces of history related to Dr. King. This traveling exhibit includes 4 interactive touch stations spotlighting Dr. King’s key works, and a "Dream Wall" imaging station to incorporate visitors’ dreams in the project. The King Center Imaging Project is free and open to the public thanks to the support of JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
Through September 9, 2012
This retrospective exhibition traces illustrator Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career producing some of the most highly acclaimed children's books of our time. A popular and critically acclaimed artist, Jerry Pinkney 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" has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is sponsored locally by the General Motors Foundation. Click here to learn more...
Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through November, 2012
Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012. Fela's undying passion for African peoples, understanding of the power of art and politics, and unyielding struggle against the colonial forces in Nigeria during the 1950s and 1960s, solidified his legacy as a shimmering agent of change against the status quo. He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change. Always pushing the envelope, Fela infused traditional African highlife music with classical jazz and funk, which evolved into a unique sound that he called, “Afrobeat.” The powerful music and social commentary found throughout his vast catalogue of recordings is indicative of his desire to help end oppression among African peoples everywhere. Click here to learn more...
The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through November, 2012
Chris Webber, Detroit native, National Basketball Association All-Star player (retired) and NBA announcer, collects rare artifacts that illuminate the lives and legacies of African American greats such as Phillis Wheatley, the first African American author; Rosa Parks , mother of the modern civil rights movement; civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. Viewers get a glimpse of their heritage and learn about a different facet of Chris Webber, basketball player, philanthropist, and collector of African American history. Click here to learn more...
Great American Artists - Part II: The Branches
Through September 2, 2012
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds." During the past several years, each artist has collaborated to complete a portrait of a group member and to document each other’s studio processes, techniques and themes. This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers. Exhibiting second are Christopher Batten, Halima Cassels and Senghor Reid who form the “Branches” of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the "Roots" to create murals, installations and large figurative works worldwide. Their work explores environmental issues and the communities in which they live. Click here to learn more...
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