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Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate along with civic and social residency CONSTELLATIONS will host an exhibition by internationally renowned street artist Gonzalo Borondo. “Voices of the World” features Borondo works originally created and exhibited on the windows of the historic Atlanta Daily World Building at 145 Auburn Avenue during the 2014 Living Walls Conference, and speaks to the benefit of dialogue between our past and our future. These works are on display in the lobby of the Auburn Avenue Research Library Auditorium. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence
Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars Photographic Exhibition 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 
Sue Ross will facilitate an artist talk 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars by renowned photographer Susan J. "Sue" Ross. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black 
Happiness Throughout the Decades
Fine Art Exhibition by K. Joy Ballard Peters
Sunday, June 25. 2017 to Sunday August, 13, 2017
K. Joy Peters will facilitate an artist talk 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25. 2017.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will present Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black Happiness Throughout the Decades by renowned artist and educator K. Joy Ballard Peters. An emotionally vibrant retrospective of a Master virtuoso, Lessons of Joy, is an ebullient visual celebration of lived Africana experiences that foreground expressions of communal happiness. Rooted in flawlessly executed Beardenesque collage techniques, Peters births, extraordinary transcendent appliqués that manifest the spiritual essence and unbridled wonders of Black jubilation. This exhibition will be presented in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 

You Can Fly, The Tuskegee Airmen
Fine Art Exhibition of Illustrated Children’s Literature
Sunday, June 25 – Sunday August 27
3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12 ● Artist Talk with Jeffery Weatherford and Carole Boston Weatherford
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will present, You Can Fly, The Tuskegee Airmen, the notable debut of Illustrator Jeffery Boston Weatherford. These compelling black and white images masterfully crafted by the direct engraving scratchboard art technique, create a palpable sense of immediacy, in retelling the gripping story of the first African-American military pilots, trained at the Tuskegee Institute. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

  
Aglanta Community Forum on Urban Agriculture in Atlanta
Community Forum 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta, will host Aglanta Community Forum (2017). The Aglanta Community Forum brings together academics, farmers/growers and community organizers from across the country to immerse participants in the potential of home and community food gardening networks.
 
Friday, July 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. Welcoming remarks - Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta -Mayor’s Office of Resilience
10:30 a.m. Presentation from Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. John Taylor, on Urban Food Gardens in the Global North. 
 
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In-depth educational sessions/ workshops led by Urban Home Food Gardening (UHFG) and Community Gardening led by Historic Westside Gardens and the American Community Gardeners Association.
 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In-depth educational sessions / workshops led by Urban Home Food Gardening (UHFG) and Community Gardening led by Historic Westside Gardens and the American Community Gardeners Association. 
 
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Film screening of Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. This event will include a post screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Doris Derby, activist, documentary photographer and retired adjunct associate professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Art History of the African Diaspora 
Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
Tuesday, July 25. 11:00 a.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with NJoysArt, will host a screening of the documentary film, Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression. Made prior to his death (June 9, 2000), Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, opened his studio to documentary filmmaker, Linda Freeman, offering unique access inside the work of this great American Modernist. This event will included a post screening discussion facilitated by renowned artist K. Joy Ballard Peters, whose work is inspired by this artistic icon. Ms. Peters will also lead a gallery tour of her exhibition, Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black Happiness Throughout the Decades. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
LA 92
Sunday, July 30.2:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Black Women Film Network, will host a screening of National Geographic Documentary Films’ LA 92. Twenty-five years after the 1992  Los Angeles uprising following the Rodney King beating by the police, this immersive documentary draws on archival news images and unseen footage to craft an in-depth portrait of those riots and the tempestuous relationship between Los Angeles’s African American community and those charged with protecting it. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303.
 
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment by Dr. Angela J. Davis
Author’s Discussion and Book Signing
Friday, August 11. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with The Baton Foundation, will host American University’s Washington College of Law Professor, Dr. Angela J. Davis, who will discuss her latest publication Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment. A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Brotherman Revelation "Unleashing the Black Imagination” 
Fine Art Exhibition by Dawud Anyabwile 
Sunday, August 20. to Sunday, September 24.
Exhibition Artist Talk, Thursday, August 24. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Big City Entertainment, will host Brotherman: Revelation “Unleashing the Black Imagination” by renowned artist Dawud Anyabwile, the creator and illustrator of the Brotherman Graphic Novel Series.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Oynxcon Film Festival
Friday, August 25.
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Oynxcon Institute, will host the 2017 Oynxcon Film Festival, which celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in cinematic speculative fiction. This film festival will feature a 5:00 p.m. screening of the scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Moonlight
Film Screening
Wednesday, August 30. 6:30 p.m.  
In recognition of Atlanta Black Pride (2017), and in collaboration with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of Moonlight, winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, from director Barry Jenkins. This event will include a post screening community dialogue and panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson 
Author’s Discussion and Book Signing
Thursday, August 31. 7:00 p.m.  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Emory University, Professor of English and African American Studies, Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson, who will discuss his latest publication, Chester B. Himes: A Biography. Via exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes’s full archives, Dr. Jackson’s scholarship and astute commentary restores the legacy of this controversial American writer whose work unflinchingly confront issues of gender, racism and black identity.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta 
Creative Placemaking Events and Workshops
Thursday, September 28 to Sunday October 1. 
In collaboration with Alternate ROOTS, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta, presented in partnership with C4 Atlanta, WonderRoot and The Arts Exchange. ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta is a three day event featuring a dynamic series of performances and workshops; and will showcase visual arts, centered on creative placemaking and developing creative solutions to long-standing issues related to gentrification and displacement. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
 
 
 
 

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