The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20. The day will include family art-making and activities, as well as a featured community art project, entitled “One and All,” led by Theater of Inclusion.
A full list of the day’s activities is as follows:
• One and All — “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. In summer 2013, Theater of Inclusion — a collaboration of Indianapolis-based artists Rebecca King and Dante Ventresca — began their community art project “One and All” in the spirit of King’s understanding of the “interrelatedness of all communities.”
“Our community is shaped by what each of us contributes, receives and experiences,” said Rebecca King of Theater of Inclusion. “Each piece, no matter how small, matters. ‘One and All’ invites the community to share small beauties found throughout the IMA and Indianapolis in order to create a larger work for MLK Day. The work will evolve throughout the day as people add, subtract, and change small pieces.”
Members of the community can submit pictures with one-word descriptions that are representative of the things they love, that inspire and make us better. Only one picture should be submitted per email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about “One for All,” visit www.theaterofinclusion.com/2013/08/11/one-and-all/.
• Film: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” (83 min.) — This documentary chronicles the life of openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who is best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, D.C. Screenings will take place in DeBoest Lecture Hall, running continuously from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Freetown Village Singers — Visitors will experience the power of spirituals — American traditional music used to uplift, heal, comfort, and inspire in times of crisis — while learning the hidden meanings often tucked into the words of the songs. Performances will take place at noon and 1:15 p.m. in the Floor 4 contemporary galleries and will last approximately 30 minutes.
• No BS! Brass Brand — No BS! Brass Brand embraces the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk. Their danceable arrangements, put together by their conservatory trained musicians, draw inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin.
• “Ask Me!” Roaming Docents and Hold It! — IMA docents will be available throughout the galleries to answer questions, discuss the artwork, and share general information about the museum. Hold it! is a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages facilitated by docents. Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close.
All activities and parking are free for the day. For additional information on all activities surrounding the celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the IMA, visit www.imamuseum.org.