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40th Annual Noel Night
Saturday 12/1 from 5:30 - 9 pm
The 40th annual Noel Night is the Midtown Detroit Cultural Center’s holiday open house with over 80 participating venues including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library.  Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 local, national, and international performing artists.  The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band — a long-standing Noel Night tradition. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues.  The schedule at The Wright Museum includes the following:

Ford Freedom Rotunda: enjoy pictures with Santa Claus and a number of holiday performances

General Motors Theater:
• 5:15 pm - Ballet Renaissance
• 6:15 & 8 pm - Hot Sauce
• 7:15 pm - Mosaic Youth Theatre

Orientation Theater:
• 5:15 pm - Cornerstone School

Multipurpose Room:
• 7:30 & 8:15 pm - Wayne State University African Dance Company

Classrooms: Make & Take activities

Noel Night is produced by the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA), a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. For more information please call (313) 494-5800. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Annual Meeting
Thursday 12/6 at 6 pm
Join Museum President & CEO Juanita Moore and staff as we review 2012 and plot the course ahead for 2013.  Learn about the newly opened Inspiring Minds exhibition, the Underground Railroad Website, and other exciting projects being produced by your museum!  This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information please call (313) 494-5800.
Liberation Film SeriesPresents The Water Front Screening & Discussion
Saturday 12/15 at 2 pm
The Liberation Film Series: 2012-2013 Season continues with a free screening of The Water Front, followed by the discussion, The Emergency Manager Law & Privatization: How to Discard Democracy, with Marian Kramer, in the Museum's General Motors Theater.   Water is the liquid gold of the 21st century. While corporations urge local governments to privatize municipal water, communities around the world are organizing to ensure affordable access to this life-sustaining resource. The Water Front is the story of the determination of Highland Park residents to fight the seemingly inevitable path of water privatization.  This monthly series offers the regional community an opportunity to experience a season of culturally important, enlightening, and engaging films.  Immediately following each film, a speaker-led interpretation and Q&A session will provide the audience with deeper insights.  To encourage literacy, a bibliography, supplemental reading materials, and useful links for each film are accessible on the Museum’s website, and the speaker’s books and related texts available at the venue.  Click here to learn more...
Voices of the Civil War Episode 11
Wednesday 12/19 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.  Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period.  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.

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 vibrant Rainbow 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.

Current Exhibitions

Visions of Our 44th President
Through August 4, 2013
This collective art exhibit was created to honor and celebrate the significance of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.  Forty-four busts were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving each of forty-four artists from across the country free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history.  The Visions exhibit opens at The Wright Museum before becoming the Museum’s first national traveling exhibit, visiting prestigious museums, libraries, universities and galleries across the country.  At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit will become a part of The Wright Museum’s permanent collection.  Click here to learn more...

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology
This comprehensive, high-tech and permanent exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas teaching basic engineering concepts.  Four disciplines of scientific advancement are explored: Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and Technology & Engineering.  Within these, Inspiring Minds introduces individuals from across the spectrum of fields, levels of renown, and from times past and present, with particular focuses on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver.  Free with museum admission.  Click here to learn more...

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through March 17, 2013
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...

A Very Present Force: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP
Through March 3, 2013
Since its formation in 1912 - only three years after the founding of the national association - the Detroit Branch NAACP has been on the front lines of civil rights activism and advocacy, both locally and throughout the nation.  A Very Present Force celebrates this sustained and important century-long struggle for equal opportunity and social justice.  Organized into three sections, A Very Present Force explores the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich local history while situating it within the broader national and international struggle for civil rights.  Click here to learn more...

Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan and Mexico
Through March 31, 2013
Inspired by the meeting of two women who became fast friends - Patricia Ann Talley, an African American from the United States of America, and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello, an Afro-Mexican from Mexico (the United Mexican States), this exhibit presents the symbiotic relationship that has existed between Americans and Mexicans but has seldom been told.  Divided into three sections, the exhibition uses video, maps, photographs, art, and music to depict a different aspect of slavery in the Americas, the story of fugitives that escaped slavery in the United States on the Underground Railroad south to Mexico, African heritage as it continues to permeate Mexican culture - especially in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, the migration of Mexicans to Michigan and the culture as it has manifested in Southwest Detroit.  Click here to learn more...

Great American Artists - Part III: The Seeds
Through January 6, 2013
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds."  This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  In this third installment, the works of Endia Beal, Sydney James and Mario Moore form the “Seeds” of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the exhibit's first two parts - The Roots and Branches - to create works that address the social issues of today. 
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Upcoming Events
12/1 from 5:30 - 9 pm: 40th Annual Noel Night
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12/2 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
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12/4 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($) | Multipurpose Room Click here to learn more...
12/6 @ 6 pm: Annual Meeting | Multipurpose Room
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12/6 @ 6 pm: Community Cinema Presents Beauty Is Embarrassing Film Screening & Discussion | Classrooms
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12/8 @ 4 pm: The Walk Fashion Show hosted by America's Top Model Winner Naima Mora
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12/9 from 1 - 5 pm: Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
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12/9 @ 3 pm: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting | Classrooms
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12/9 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
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12/11 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Multipurpose Room
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12/15 @ 2 pm: Liberation Film Series Presents The Water Front Film Screening & Discussion | General Motors Theater
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12/16 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Ford Freedom Rotunda
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12/18 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($) | Multipurpose Room Click here to learn more...
12/19 online at TheWright.org: Voices of the Civil War Episode 11
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12/23 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Ford Freedom Rotunda
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12/25: Christmas - MUSEUM CLOSED
12/26 - 30, daily @ 6 pm: Kwanzaa Celebration
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PLEASE NOTE: metered parking on Warren and Farnsworth is now being enforced
until 10 pm Monday through Saturday. 

There is free parking on Brush Street, and the Cultural Center parking lot
is $5 before 4 pm and $3 afterwards.

Museum programming is sponsored in part by the generous support of our community partners:

You May Have Missed...

MLive, "Midtown Detroit celebrates 40th annual Noel Night on Saturday"

WDET 101.9 FM, "Pathways to Freedom exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum"

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, "Islander honored for work in STEM education"

Voices of the Civil War Episode 10 "Slave Rebellion and Conspiracy"

The Associated Press, "Detroit NAACP branch unveiling new museum exhibit"

The Grio, "Detroit Museum holds exhibition of 44 busts of President Obama"

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