We Have The POWER: The Wright's Weekly Update December 7 - 13 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

We Have The POWER: The Wright's Weekly Update December 7 - 13

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 PM
Build your stamina with a weekly Cardio Fusion workout by Yvonne Price of LA Fitness. Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE! For more information please email 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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ReSeatables Meet & Seat ReCeption
Thursday, December 10 from 1 - 6 PM

Come sit in and savor the one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork designed by Detroit native and Wright museum donor Ernest McClenney. Lovingly handcrafted by McClenney, a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and American auto industry, ReSeatables are custom-made recliners, sofas and love seats crafted from repurposed car seats. McClenney, a retired Chrysler production control analyst, saw a new purpose for the engineering and ergonomic design that went into the production of automotive seats by “re-seating” them into one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. As beautiful as they are, seeing does no justice to their comfort – and as durable furnishings, they are meant to be used, in the home or office. Each ReSeatable is a unique conversation piece. They’ve been featured in The Detroit News, Homestyle Magazine, the Woodward Dream Cruise, The Henry Ford Innovation Institute, and the Detroit Historical Museum. Learn more at http://re-seatables.com! Free.

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Family Activity Series: African Choral Singing
Saturday, December 12 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Come join us this Saturday and experience a Kwanzaa Festival of songs. Enjoy learning upbeat choral songs of the season with African words, movement, and an African beat! Free.

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Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, December 12  at 1:30 PM  
Links to Science is an exciting series of free children’s workshops exploring achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.

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POWER Lecture Series & Ida B. Wells Tribute featuring Dr. Talitha LeFlouria speaking on Black Female Incarceration
Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM

Like the uncompromising and courageous leader, Ida B. Wells, Professor Talitha LeFlouria, through her works and oratory, delivers a surgical analysis of the root causes of African American injustice in America: race, class and gender oppression. Through her book "Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South," she brings proper focus and gender balance to the American justice system’s efforts to use mass incarceration and convict leasing as new forms of enslavement. Free.

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Ford Free Second Sunday
Sunday, December 13 from 1 PM - 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.

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Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday, December 13 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 Michelle McKinney. Children 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, December 13 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!
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Current Exhibitions

Inspiring Beauty | 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Through January 3, 2016

This first-ever exhibition on the Ebony Fashion Fair explores the 50-year history of the fashion spectacle that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for black Americans. Curators Joy Bivins and Virginia Heaven examine the history of the Fair and its creator, director, and producer, Eunice W. Johnson. Inspiring Beauty showcases nearly 100 garments and objects including ensembles and accessories displayed on fully stylized mannequins to create the runway experience, as well as Johnson’s personal effects to tell the full story of these unparalleled events.  Click here to learn more...

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...

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...

Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015
Through December 13, 2015
The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series, now in its sixth year, is an annual competition co-presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The goal of the series is to provide exposure for artists of nearly all visual mediums, allowing them to compete for the chance to have their work showcased at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach. Click here to learn more...

Collect: The Power of Knowing
Through March 27, 2016
Welcome to Collect: The Power of Knowing. This exhibition honors collectors who have preserved and shown us works of art that we may not have seen on our own, especially art from the continent of Africa. The works show evidence of our creativity from the distant past to our current times. There is power in knowing this history. Click here to learn more...

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