Call of The Drum is Upon Us! The Wright's Weekly Update July 20 - 26 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Call of The Drum is Upon Us! The Wright's Weekly Update July 20 - 26

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SESSIONS FILLED for Summer Camp Africa: Healthy Habits
Monday - Friday, July 13 - August 14
PLEASE NOTE: ALL SESSIONS FOR SUMMER CAMP AFRICA HAVE BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! Camp Africa: Healthy Habits is a FREE week-long day camp open to children ages 7 – 12. During this 5-day session (repeating weekly for five weeks), children will learn about Africa's cultural and geographic diversity; participate in hands-on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities focused on the topic of healthy habits; and develop and exercise crucial skills in the areas of vocabulary, literacy, and the visual arts. Camp Africa runs Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 3:15 PM daily. Camp Africa is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here to learn more...
CASOE Youth Theater presents Purple Floors & Diamond Doors ($)
Friday, July 24 at 7:30 PM
Purple Floors & Diamond Doors is a theatrical event produced by The CASOE Group featuring some of metro Detroit’s most talented young adults. For more information call (313) 340-0829.

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CALL of The DRUM: An International Drum Summit
Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26 from 11 AM - 9 PM Daily
Drumming is universal and as old as humankind. Celebrates humanity's ubiquitous cultural instrument at Call of The Drum, an exciting, outdoor, cross-cultural musical event. This FREE 2-day family-friendly festival includes interactive drumming circles, workshops, children's activities, food trucks, and live performances representing cultures all around the world. Feel, hear, and dance to the sounds of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean and MORE! Headlining performers include Francisco Mora & Afro Horn (July 25) and Bill Summers (July 26). Call of The Drum was one of the top 10 vote receivers for the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Meet the Scientist featuring R.J. Watkins & Henry Tyler
Saturday, July 25 at 2 PM
Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!" For July, meet R.J. Watkins, Founder / CEO of WHPR Radio 88.1 FM, UHF Television Channel 33, and Comcast Channels 20 and 90, and Henry Tyler, Vice President of Productions and Program Director. Both will talk about the science behind the broadcast industry. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, July 26 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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Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• Free admission to the museum
• Free guest pass(es)
• Invitations to Members' Only previews
• Free subscription to the quarterly membership newsletter,
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• 10% discount in the museum store
• Special pricing on select museum events
• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
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Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

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Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

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