A storyteller. Not ‘just a painter.’

Renowned 20th Century African American Artist Jacob Lawrence was known as a storyteller. Whether he was narrating through his paintings or through oration, Lawrence interpreted African American modern everyday life and historic African American figures with a style that embraced the vibrancy of the neighborhood where his artistic talent emerged — Harlem.

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So how do you celebrate an artist and introduce his work to the Greater Baltimore community? With a dynamic family day dedicated to storytelling.

On October 7th, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is opening their doors to the community and other community organizations for Jacob Lawrence Family Day. A wonderful opportunity to view 50 of Lawrence’s works that recently went on display at the museum while engaging your kids in a variety of hands-on art experiences. (Cool fact? The works were sourced from private collections throughout Maryland!).

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“The art of Jacob Lawrence is so accessible because we are attracted to  his bright colors and the stories he tells about African American life. He brings attention to our heroes, and we are inspired to think about how to build better families and communities,” said Education Director Jackie Copeand.

Kids will love building picture frames with Little Builders and making Jacob Lawrence-inspired prints and collages with Towson University art students. Griot Dianne Macklin will be in the galleries, telling stories depicted in Lawrence’s images. Dance Baltimore and Theatre Morgan will present theatrical interpretations of Lawrence’s works involving black heroes and community. The whole family can go on an art adventure through the galleries while completing the museum’s scavenger hunt.

Best part? Admission is FREE for children and youth!

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If you really want to score some (cool) parent points, have your kids investigate the theme of buildingin Lawrence’s works. An easy way to engage them in art appreciation and help hone their observation skills.

“Kids will love to discover in his “Builders” artworks, a variety of tools including hammers, saws and ladders,” said Jackie. “Ask them: What do you need to build a better community?”

So mark your calendar and plan to spend some time at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on October 7th. An afternoon of culture, art, history, and fun — all rolled into one!

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The Details: Jacob Lawrence Family Day

October 7, 2017 | 12 PM – 4 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
FREE for Children and Youth
830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Editor’s Note: This article was sponsored by The Reginald F. Lewis Museum because they wanted to help get the word out about their event. Images provided by the museum.