We install at BWI Airport

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On view from October 1, 2013 - January 23, 2014
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 Baltimore, My Baltimore, Arvie Smith, 2006

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is honored to exhibit pieces from its permanent collection as well as from its past exhibitions at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The busiest airport in the Washington, DC / Baltimore metro area served more than 20 million travelers in 2010. The museum's exhibition is located in the international terminal, Terminal 6. From Harry Evans' colorful Baltimore skylines to Patrick Henry's serene paintings of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the works on view celebrate the varied visual landscape of the State and showcase the creative intellect of artists who have lived and worked in Maryland.

 
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Installation of pieces from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at BWI Airport

Maryland Emancipation Day Program

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Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day (November 1, 1864) with the dynamic group Culture Kingdom Kids. This fun troupe provides an afternoon of creative drama, music, and movement. Enjoy craft activities.

Museum admission required.

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Museum admission required.

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Kwanzaa Celebration with Founder of Kwanzaa

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Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, joins this year's Kwanzaa Celebration to make it extra special. Sankofa Dance Theater entertains us with storytelling and African dancing. Beatboxer Shodekeh joins them for an electrifying, improvised “Drum Talk." An interactive children’s workshop on the principles of Kwanzaa is led by Culture Kingdom Kids. Shop at the African marketplace of crafts, clothing, and more.

12:30pm Dr. Karenga discusses “Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa: Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good.”

1:30pm Shodekeh and Sankofa Drummers
Sankofa Dance Theater brings magic to the harmonies, melodies, rhythms, and vocal styles of the African and African-American musical tradition. Their repertoire spans across time from ancient African calls, chants, and songs to new world hip hop with the rhythmic, pulsating variety of percussion blended to create music… Many percussive sounds become one.

2:30pm Griot Storytelling by Kibibi Ajanku
The Griot is the historian in the African village, but is known as the storyteller in the modern world. Sankofa Dance Theater takes storytelling to new heights by adding a musical backdrop, drama, song, and sometimes dance. Some stories are Old World, taking the listener on a travelogue journey all the way into the village. Others are New World and cutting edge in a way that bridges yesterday, today and tomorrow.

3:30pm Sankofa Dance Theater Showcase Finale
This performance is a celebration of African heritage and showcases authentic traditions of the “Motherland” through music, movement, and folkways. The Company presents five electrifying numbers charged with ethnic authenticity. The dancers and drummers create the magic of “Sankofa” in full traditional African “costumes”, and all music is live percussion…sure to diversify, entertain, and awaken.

Listen to Dr. Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa, speak about the holiday's origins on WEAA with Marsha Reeves Jews December 23, 2013. Download mp3 or click in the box to stream:

Sankofa Dance Theater

Shodekeh, beatboxer

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For details or to participate as a vendor, contact Terry Taylor at Taylor@maamc.org.
Special admission: $5

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Professional Development: African Studies Association (ASA) Teacher’s Workshop

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9 a.m. -2 p.m. Join African Studies scholars and educators for a day of workshops and presentations for K-12 classrooms.

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To participate in a course, please contact Terry Taylor at 443-263-1829 or Taylor@maamc.org to register.

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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

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Follow the life and times of America’s first shock jock Petey Green, an ex-convict who revolutionized the airwaves in the 1960s and influenced a new generation of broadcast personalities.

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Museum admission required.

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Opening Day Talk with Collector Bernard Kinsey: African American Art, History and Culture

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For over 35 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have amassed a collection of art and history that documents the African American experience from the 1600s to the present. Mr. Kinsey talks about pieces in The Kinsey Collection. Stay for a book signing as he autographs copies of The Kinsey Collection catalog. The program is included with museum admission.

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Bernard Kinsey speaks about touching an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Museum admission required.

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Health Forum: Black Women and Breast Cancer

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3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our museum hosts a free “Black Women and Breast Cancer” panel discussion with cancer survivors and doctors as they talk about breast cancer and its effects in the black community. Panelists include Dr. Dawn Leonard, breast surgeon and one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2013; Dr. Patricia Schmoke; and Denice Whalen White.

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Light refreshments will be provided.
Free admission (Free Fall Weekend).

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Black Memorabilia Collector’s Fair

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Plus first African American to record a home run for the Orioles, Joe Durham, signs autographs at the event.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Are you an avid collector? Come peruse and shop  for antiques and vintage collections displaying a wide range of Black Memorabilia.  Hear mini-presentations about collections on display, learn how to start your own personal collection and meet Mabel O. Wilson,  author of Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums that traces the evolution of black public history from the Civil War through the civil rights movement of the 1960s at world’s fairs, Emancipation expositions, and early black grassroots museums.

Collections  and Educational Exhibits Featured:

Vendors with Art,  Black Dolls and Collectibles for sale including historical artifacts and documents, books,  autographs,  advertisements,  prints,  textiles, political and civil rights memorabilia, kitchen collectibles, jewelry, postcards, cookie jars, sports memorabilia,  photographic items,  antique clocks, Civil War and much more.

Exhibits

  • The "Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery" - an extensive collection of slavery artifacts and Jim Crow memorabilia
  • Buffalo Soldier Exhibit of African-American Military and Western Frontier History
  • Negro League Baseball Teams Exhibit-  (Meet Negro League Baseball Players  during Autograph Session)

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore American Institute of Architects.

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Free admission (Free Fall Weekend).

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Story Time and Art: The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

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Hear a story about seven-year-old Lena who learns about the different shades of skin colors in her neighborhood before painting a portrait of herself. Walk through the galleries, view Amy Sherald’s whimsical paintings of African Americans and paint your own portraits.

In conjunction with Amy Sherald: Paintings.

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Museum admission required.

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The Artist’s Path: A Conversation with Amy Sherald

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Spend an evening with artist Amy Sherald and Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, RFLM, discussing Sherald’s works as they examine art and racial identity through this artist’s portrait lens.

Light refreshments will be provided. In conjunction with Amy Sherald: Paintings

Amy introduces herself here:

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Museum admission required.

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