The Tenth Anniversary of the Springfield AARI, a community literacy initiative, begins on Friday, 1, 2019 with an opening reception for the traveling exhibit Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature. This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-America children’s books. The reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 7:00pm until 8:30pm, at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Avenue). The reception will include music by the choirs of Pipkin Middle School and Turning Point Church (1722 N. National Avenue), as well as poetry readings by youth.
The Telling a People’s Story Traveling Exhibitis on display at the Library Center from February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, followed by a showing at the Duane G. Meyer Library, Missouri State University, from April 3, 2019 through May 22, 2019. In conjunction with the exhibit, special guest speakers and public forums are planned, including a presentation visit by New York Times Best-selling Illustrator AG ford, one of the artists featured in the exhibit. Mr. Ford will give presentations at both The Library Center and Meyer Library on March 28, 2019.
The Telling A People’s StoryExhibit follows the journey of African American People from Africa past to America present through children’s books. The exhibit, highlighting original art, began at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio, and was displayed during summer 2018. Through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation it was reformatted into a traveling exhibit.
Current displays of the exhibit and programs are sponsored by the Springfield African American Read-In, a collaborative partnership of Missouri State University Libraries, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield NAACP Chapter; additional support from Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Friends of the Library.