23rd Annual Concert of Colors: The Wright's Weekly Update July 6 - 12 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

23rd Annual Concert of Colors: The Wright's Weekly Update July 6 - 12


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23rd Annual Concert of Colors Opening Night featuring Mike Ellison
Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM (Doors open at 5 PM)

In what has become a fist-pumping, standing room-only tradition, The Wright kicks off the 23rd annual Concert of Colors with a power-packed performance by MIKE ELLISON presenting "Hard Enough To Smile," a musical journey encompassing hip hop, rock and roll, African rhythms and more! Concert of Colors, a FREE celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit, continues through July 12 at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Max M. Fisher Music Center. Updates and complete artist and venue information is at concertofcolors.com.

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Links to Science presented by the Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 PM

Links to Science is an exciting new series of FREE children’s workshops designed to explore The Wright Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology." "Inspiring Minds" explores achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.

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Ford Free Second Sunday
Sunday, July 12 from 1 - 5 PM

Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family. Free Second Sundays are supported by Ford Motor Company.

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Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM

Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Have fun dancing and enjoying storytelling with Yolanda Jack and Michelle McKinney - AND take a free book home afterwards! This Children's Interactive Storytime is made possible by the support of the Don Barden Foundation and General Motors Foundation. Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, July 12 at 5 pm
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! Click here to learn more...
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Current Exhibitions

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
The core experience of The Wright Museum, this 22,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through time and across geographic boundaries from prehistoric Africa all the way to modern-day Detroit. Throughout, the efforts of everyday men and women who built families, businesses, educational institutions, spiritual traditions, civic organizations and a legacy of freedom and justice are hailed. Click here to learn more...

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology
This high-tech exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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. Inspiring Minds introduces individuals from across the spectrum of fields, levels of renown, and from times past and present, with highlights on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver. Click here to learn more...

Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism
Through August 30, 2015
This one-man show features works by New York sculptor and Inkster, Michigan-native M. Scott Johnson. Scott’s education as a sculptor began in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he studied traditional and contemporary stone sculpting under master sculptor, national hero and elder statesman of Zimbabwe stone sculpture Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 - 2002). Scott’s work has also been strongly influenced by African American techno music, Ndyuka and Saramaka graphic art forms, Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, and Makonde sculpture. Click here to read more...


The Nataki Way: 36th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
Through October 11, 2015
Carmen and George N'Namdi founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa; Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. In 1995, NTSD was chartered as a public school under Central Michigan University. After 36 years of hard work, the NTSD continues to uplift students from diverse backgrounds and help them embody the varying roles each of us must play to improve our world. Click here to learn more...

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story
Through March 6, 2016
This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered around the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1919-2002). A great physician, an intellectual of incredible insight, and a man of solemn dedication to his community, through words and images, documents and objects, the exhibition summarizes his expansive legacy. Click here to learn more...

Finding Mona Lisa 313
Through September 13, 2015
"Finding Mona Lisa" is a program providing travel and cultural development opportunities for Detroit youth founded by artist, educator, and entrepreneur Jocelyn Rainey. The late Gilda Snowden observed that the Finding Mona Lisa students are the works of art, with the different places they've traveled being their canvases. The exhibition features large photographs of the students' travels. Click here to learn more...


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