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Today at the IMA: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

100 plus volunteers are on duty, the shuttles are lined up – the Museum is a hustle and bustle of activity today. Celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has become an annual IMA tradition and it is historically one of the Museum’s busiest days each year. This is the IMA’s sixth year of celebration and we typically have between 2,500 and 4,000 visitors celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and acknowledging the importance of creativity in our daily lives.

So what do we have going on? A full list of activities is below, but a few of the highlights include: a 4pm conversation with poet Mari Evans and jazz composer and musician David Baker, A Screening of Mr. Dial Has Something to Say and Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait, and free admission to Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. We’ll also be handing out buy one get one free admission vouchers for the upcoming special exhibition: Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. The Museum is open until 5 pm today so you still have time – stop by and visit us!

Art-making Activities for All Ages
Visitors can draw, collage or write memories of courageous moments in the lives of their families, their community, their country and the world to share with others. Afterward, they can add their tributes to a display honoring courage. The daylong activity will be in Pulliam Great Hall.

Museum Gallery Tours and Activities
Tours will begin at noon and will continue every half hour until 4pm. Selected tours will be ASL interpreted. Visitors can also pick up a copy of a gallery art game that examines how artists have expressed courage at the information desk on the second floor as a fun way to explore the IMA galleries.

Conversation with Artists: Courage to Pursue the Arts
At 4pm in The Toby, visitors can hear poet Mari Evans and jazz composer and musician David Baker discuss their experiences that led them to the arts and the courage it took to pursue their interests.

A Screening of Mr. Dial Has Something to Say and Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait
In anticipation of upcoming exhibition Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, the IMA will screen a film looking at the artist’s work. Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait traces the career of the well-known African American artist. The two films will play back-to-back all day. The screenings will take place in DeBoest Lecture Hall.

Free Admission to Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
With more than 200 pins from the unique collection of the former Secretary of State, this exhibition includes pins of every description, many with fascinating stories attached. Some of the pieces are associated with important world events, others were gifts from international leaders or valued friends. In the gallery, stories and photographs accompany many of the pins. Read My Pins is organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and will be on display until January 30.

Food and Shopping
Visitors can grab coffee or a bite to eat in Nourish Café, located on the ground floor, and shop the semi-annual clearance sale at the Museum Store and Design Center for books, games, unique items for the home and more. The IMA Greenhouse also will be open offering a variety of garden-related items and post-holiday markdowns.

Filed under: Art, Current Events, Exhibitions, Thornton Dial

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