Events planned to celebrate Black History Month

by Sheila Flynn

p. The University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Black Cultural Arts Council, will recognize Black History Month next week (Feb. 18-21) with a series of performances, educational programs and exhibits celebrating African-American culture.
p. The observance will begin with an educators’ storytelling workshop Monday (Feb. 18) at 4 p.m. in the Snite’s Ashbaugh Education Center. Open to teachers and students in the Notre Dame and local communities, the workshop will feature a presentation by international storyteller Vernell Ball-Daniel, followed by a discussion on the art of Jacob Lawrence and a storytelling painting activity.
p. Ball-Daniel will incorporate Lawrence’s images of Harriet Tubman into a performance titled “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19) in the Snite’s Annenberg Auditorium. The performance, which will be followed by 30 minutes of musical entertainment, is open to children enrolled in after-school programs at Studebaker School and the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) and their families, Notre Dame student tutors, and RCLC staff. A repeat performance, which is free and open to the Notre Dame community, will take place at 8 p.m. in the same location.
p. Snite curator Douglas Bradley will lead a tour of the exhibition “Masks and Figures, Form and Style: The Christensen Family Collects African Art” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21) in the Snite’s Mestrovic Studio Gallery. Open to Notre Dame students, the tour will be followed by a reception and a performance by Notre Dame’s Voices of Faith Gospel Choir.

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