Brooklyn Museum Public Programs to Feature Congressman John Lewis and More, March 2014

The Brooklyn Museum will present a variety of public programs for adults, teens, and kids in March. Public programs include talks, late night events, sensory tours, performances, screenings, and hands-on workshops for children and adults that amplify the Museum's exhibitions and permanent collection, serve its diverse public, and support learning through the visual arts.

Highlights for March include a special afternoon with Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis in conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; conversation and song with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sonia Sanchez; a discussion between artist Judy Chicago and public historian and social activist Elizabeth A. Sackler on studio art education; and "States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children and People of Color," a series of panel discussions sponsored by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, including one led by Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.

The full schedule follows:

March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30 (11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.): Arty Facts: Amazing Animals
Materials fee (museum admission not included):
$10 per family (up to four participants);
$5 for Gallery/Studio families and Members at the Family level;
Free to Members at the Contributor level and above.

Children ages four to seven and their parents or caregivers explore the galleries, enjoy a team activity, and make their own art in each ninety-minute Arty Facts class. In March, encounter Divine Felines, ferocious tigers, and powerful whales in our galleries, then let these creatures inspire the artist in you. Participants meet in the Rubin Lobby at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parents and caregivers are asked not to bring siblings older than seven or younger than four.

Sunday, March 9 (3 p.m.): Judy Chicago with Elizabeth A. Sackler: "Transforming Institutions"
Free with Museum admission

How can women and men prepare for a career in today's art world? Artist Judy Chicago and public historian and social activist Elizabeth A. Sackler discuss the challenges and successes of changing such established institutions as museums and studio art education. A signing of Chicago's new book Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education follows.

Thursday, March 13 (7 p.m.): Performance: "Civil Rights Songbook" with Sonia Sanchez and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Tickets: $20 and include Museum admission; free to Members

Poet Sonia Sanchez and musician Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon talk about their experience as activists and share words and music born from the Civil Rights Movement. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, March 15 (3:30 p.m.): Panel Discussion: "Sentenced to Change" with Piper Kerman
Free with Museum admission

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, the basis for the Netflix original series, leads a conversation with an inspiring group of formerly incarcerated women who have initiated criminal justice reform. Panelists include Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There; Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of the College and Community Fellowship at CUNY; and Tina Reynolds, founder of Women On the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH) and a leader of the national reproductive justice campaign, Birthing Behind Bars. The program is part of the series, States of Denial: "The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color" the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art's seventh anniversary cycle of public programs.

Sunday, March 16 (2 p.m): In Conversation: Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Free with Museum admission

How does history animate and empower the social movements that are changing the world today? Civil Rights Activist and Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, talk about the Civil Rights Movement, putting it into historical perspective, and connecting it to a new generation who may use social media to take up their civil rights issues.

Tuesday, March 18 (2-4 p.m): Brooklyn Afternoons: Art and Conversation for Individuals with Memory Loss
Free with R.S.V.P.

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