President's Message, July 2015 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

President's Message, July 2015

In June, as part of an international salute to African American theater with 30 other arts organizations around the world, The Wright hosted a staged reading of “HOME” by Samm-Art Williams to honor the 35th anniversary year of the play’s Broadway debut, and the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution ending slavery. The play asked, what is “home?”

I speak without hyperbole when I say that, to the City of Detroit and communities we serve throughout the region, The Wright Museum IS a home – a home for learning and growth, and for healing and hope, through exploring our shared history of adversity and achievement.

Everyone here at The Wright is committed to that legacy – whether through providing free bus transportation for 20,000 Title I students, or presenting over 200 public programs annually fostering experiential engagement with history, literacy, the Arts, health and fitness, S.T.E.A.M., social justice, financial wellness, and more – all for children and families, young and old, rich or poor. The Wright Museum opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture – and we believe that not only can the answers our society seeks be found throughout our shared experience, but that those answers belong to ALL of us. Inclusivity is in our values; sharing is something we do in THIS home.

The Wright is HOME to thousands of summer visitors returning to Detroit for family reunions, and who include the museum as a part of their family.

The Wright is HOME to the three-decade-old African World Festival, which fuels economic vitality for hundreds of community vendors serving hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world.

The Wright is HOME to a half million people served every year through our exhibits, events, and educational websites providing teaching resources and tools for learning about and engaging in our nation’s history.

It is truly an honor that so many people, from so many communities, consider this museum their home. What happens when we leave home? Well, hopefully, we return, again and again, each time bringing with us new insights about life, love, and learning.

So please – come back again and again, and each time, The Wright will be here to welcome you home!

Click here to download our July 2015 Member Newsletter

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