On Saturday, February 2, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will open their doors for FREE to families in celebration of the colorful works of collage artist Romare Bearden. 

Bearden, a preeminent African-American artist, is recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the twentieth century. While he experimented with styles and media, he is most well-known for his richly textured collages. Those collages — and Bearden’s storytelling — offers the backdrop for Saturday’s family event, which is is held in conjunction with “Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist” exhibit.

From 11 AM – 3 PM, families are invited to tour the galleries and interact with storyteller. Kids can build instruments inspired by Bearden’s jazz art works. There will be performances by Muse 360 Arts as well as the Peabody Preparatory Improvisation and Creative Composition Ensemble.

The hope? That families will see see themselves reflected in the stories being told throughout the day in various art forms: visual art, music, dance, and oration. 

“The stories that stick with us are the ones that affect us,” said Diane Macklin, a professional storyteller and Ednor Gardens resident, who will be interacting with audiences at the museum as part of the event. 

Diane is particularly excited that Saturday’s event will have her telling stories in the galleries, and not on a stage. According to her, telling stories while surrounded by Bearden’s work  is a very natural, organic way for her to share her personal experiences with the audiences while connecting them to his art through universal themes to which everyone can relate.

It’s not just looking at a painting.

“The art is alive because we see something for us,” said Diane.

Pretty cool way to introduce young minds to art, right?

Diane’s teaching and storytelling work has brought her stories to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, countless schools in the metro area, the Air and Space Museum… but the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is quite special to Diane. 

“I really admire the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s commitment to working with artists in the community, not just visual artists, but all artists,” said Diane. 

Diane will be in the galleries from 11 AM – 12 PM on Saturday, so be sure to go to the event early! Can’t make Saturday’s Family Day? Be sure to swing by the museum in the next few months to see the Bearden exhibit. It’s open through March 3, 2019.

Romare Bearden Family Day

Saturday, February 2, 2019
11 AM – 3 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.