In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Helis Foundation hosted a free admission day for visitors. Over 1700 people took advantage of the day’s programming inspired by Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection presented by The Helis Foundation, an exhibition exploring the history of art by African American artists from the 1940s to the present moment.
This free admission day featured crafts, music, food, a scavenger hunt, yoga and other engaging family-friendly activities. Art activities were based on abstract works by Solidary & Solidary artists will include drape painting inspired by Sam Gilliam, abstract expressionist painting inspired by Norman Lewis and abstract mobiles inspired by Mark Bradford’s waterfall sculpture. Guests also participated in sign making inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and create dream walls inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
In addition, families participated in a scavenger hunt, which encourages individuals to explore the Museum, learn about art and have fun in the process. After Museum visiting hours, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., the museum hosted a free yoga class with Mark Berger, Kim Doley and special guest speaker, Whitney Mitchell with the theme: “I have a dream… for our community, our city, our country, our planet.”