12 ways Pittsburgh kids can celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor Black history

Picture above courtesy of Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Organizations round city are planning particular occasions to honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These packages honor Black historical past with a nod to Dr. King by means of theatrical performances, music and art-making.

Robin McGee as Fannie Lou Hamer. Picture by Greg Mooney.

Jan. 13-16: “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” August Wilson African American Cultural Middle

The lifetime of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer is delivered to the stage on the August Wilson Center. This theatrical efficiency is stuffed with shifting spirituals and protest songs, the identical manner that music accompanied Hamer’s work within the combat for girls’s rights and voting rights in her native Mississippi and past. Children and grownups will likely be impressed by this superb girl. The manufacturing is introduced by means of a gaggle collaboration involving three Pittsburgh organizations — Metropolis Theatre, the August Wilson Middle and the DEMASKUS Theater Collective — together with Atlanta’s Kenny Leon’s True Colours Theatre Firm and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Tickets are $40, aside from a pay-what-you-can efficiency on Jan. 16.

Jan. 14-31: Rejoice the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

These free, family-focused occasions are scattered all through town because the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh takes a have a look at the life and mission of Martin Luther King.

  • Jan. 14: MLK Jr. Day: Celebrating a Hero will likely be held at CLP – Squirrel Hill. Learn aloud from books about MLK and make a craft throughout this particular family-friendly occasion. For teenagers from toddlers to grade 5.
  • Jan. 16: MLK Jr. Day: Celebrating a Hero takes place at CLP – West End. Learn aloud from “Martin’s Huge Phrases” and take a look at your information with an MLK quiz. For teenagers in grades Ok to five.
  • Jan. 19: The Younger Dreamer’s Ebook Membership presents Meet-Up/Learn-Up at CLP – East Liberty. Take heed to Dr. Griffin-El learn the “I’ve a Dream” speech. For teenagers from toddlers to grade 5.
  • Jan. 23: The Dreamocracy Studying Lab presents MLK 360 at CLP – Hill District. MLK 360 is a sequence of books and actions that discover Dr. King as a member of the family, thinker, activist and dreamer. Drop in for a number of actions or keep and discover each station. For teenagers in grades Ok to five.
  • Jan 31: The Dreamocracy Studying Lab repeats MLK 360 programming at CLP – Allegheny.

Jan. 16: The Audacity to Imagine: An MLK Celebration, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Kelly Strayhorn Theater celebrates the life, legacy and activism of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by means of this annual community event. Household-friendly, hands-on actions happen within the foyer, together with artistic enjoyable from organizations like Assemble Pittsburgh, The Bloomfield-Garfield Company, The Alloy Faculty, Latino Group Middle and The Union Venture. Then, observe the gang into the theater and sit down to get pleasure from performances from Hill Dance Academy Theatre, Alumni Theater Firm, Ok-Theatre Dance Complicated and Jacquea Mae. Tickets are priced at “pay what strikes you” from free to $25.

Picture courtesy of The Kids’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Jan. 16: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Kids’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum has programmed a full day of actions to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Children can work alongside artists Morgan Overton and Trenita Finney to collaboratively paint Dr. King’s portrait and paint self-portraits of their hopes and goals. With the spirit of giving again to the group, youngsters could make artwork that will likely be shared with local people teams and care properties. The “I Have A Dream” mural, designed and created by youth artists from Gwen’s Ladies, Youth Locations and MuseumLab’s Afterschool Program will likely be on show within the Studio. Within the Makeshop, youngsters will likely be challenged to brainstorm methods to revamp a spot of their group to be extra inclusive and create a small-scale prototype. In SLB Radio’s Youth Media Middle, youngsters can participate in “King’s Nook” to listen to, discover and speak about phrases of knowledge from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All actions are included on the whole admission.

Picture courtesy of Pittsburgh Glass Middle.

Jan. 16: Free Group Day, Pittsburgh Glass Middle

Pittsburgh Glass Center hosts its annual free admissions day in honor of Dr. King. Children can find out about glass by means of hands-on actions demonstrating teamwork’s significance within the artistic course of. Thoughts-blowing glassblowing demonstrations will happen all through the day. Children also can contribute to a glass mosaic group mural. Guests are invited to deliver a guide or two to donate to the middle’s Free Group Little Library.

Jan. 16: Afrofuturism Full Day Camp, Assemble Pittsburgh

Assemble Pittsburgh defines Afrofuturism as a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science and philosophy of historical past that explores the growing intersection of African Diaspora tradition with expertise. This camp invitations first- and second-graders to discover Afrofuturism, relate it to occasions and concepts, then apply to their lives. Earlier than and after care is accessible from 8 a.m. to five p.m. Snacks and lunch are included for a full day of enjoyable and discovery. Registration is $50, $25 for individuals who want monetary assist, free for Garfield residents. (Study extra about Assemble’s Afrofuturism work here.)

Jan. 20: Poetry Unplugged: Shock Worth, August Wilson African American Middle

The August Wilson Middle’s annual Poetry Unplugged: Shock Value celebrates Martin Luther King’s legacy with an evening of award-winning spoken-word artists. Orlando Watson hosts a curated checklist of poets together with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Danny Simmons, Wealthy Medina, Taalam Acey and Barbara Trawick. The afterparty options music supplied by the world-renowned Wealthy Medina. With expectations of some grownup language and themes, this occasion is greatest for older teenagers and grownups. Tickets are $48.

Illustration courtesy of Prime Stage Theatre.

Jan. 20-29: “Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad, New Hazlett Middle for the Performing Arts

The Prime Stage Sprouts series at Prime Stage Theatre gears performances towards elementary college students to encourage them with a love of theater and studying. The upcoming manufacturing of “Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad” tells the story of this brave girl and her work to free slaves and transport them to security. The manufacturing is stuffed with religious songs that add emotion to her dramatic story. A sensory-inclusive efficiency is deliberate for Jan. 28 and an audio description efficiency will likely be supplied on Jan. 27. Tickets begin at $8.

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