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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Monday, January 2, 2017 – Tuesday, February 28. 2017

The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with GAS-ART GIFTS (Gregarious Art Statements), Little Bee Books, and Georgia State University, will host Freedom in Congo Square, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award winning artist R. Gregory Christie. This exhibition, made possible by the generous support of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation, showcases the original art created for the illustrated children’s book, Freedom in Congo Square. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford, creating a powerful exploration into the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, as they struggle to preserve their dignity and African heritage. This exhibition is on display in the Children's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Highwaymen: Legacy of a Landscape

Fine Arts Exhibition 
Monday, January 09, 2017 – Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Take on the Arts, will host The Highwaymen: Legacy of a Landscape. This exhibition honors the artistic contribution and historical relevance of The Highwaymen an innovative ensemble of self-taught African American landscape painters founded by charismatic artist / entrepreneur Alfred Hair, in Fort Pierce, Florida in the 1950s. Birthed in the segregated South and defying Jim Crow era oppression the Highwaymen served as the catalyst to an unprecedented arts movement with an ongoing legacy that demands inclusion in American contemporary Art History. The artwork displayed in this exhibition is from the collections of Doretha Hair Truesdell (the widow of Alfred Hair) and Jimmy Stovall. This exhibition is on display in the Second Floor gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Burning Brush, I am Who I am
The Art of Athlone Clarke

7:00 p.m. Friday, January 27,  Exhibition Artist Talk

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host The Burning Brush, I am Who I am: The Art of Athlone Clarke. On fire, but not consumed by the flames, The Burning Brush is an incendiary visual declaration by Athlone Clarke, one of arts most authentic and provocative voices. A metaphorical reference to Exodus 3:1-15 (King James Version), this multimedia exhibition, via a deft fusion of thoughtful brushwork, textual commentary and reclaimed documental artifacts, demands attention and inspires awe. This exhibition is on display in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s first floor Cary-McPheeters Gallery, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

STORIED STONE: ZIMBABWE SHONA ART
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Gallery, will host Storied Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Art. This exhibition on loan from 
the Zimbabwe Gallery, and the collection of gallery owner Colin Thompson, features authentic Shona works created by contemporary sculptors who honor the
cultural and artistic legacy of their ancestors via stone. Stone art produced from Zimbabwe are often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe 
historically engaged in sculpting from this region. Zimbabwe, derived from the Shona word dzimbadzamabwe, means ‘house of stone’.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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 event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
  
 
Amiri Baraka and the Congress of African People History and Memory
Book Discussion and Signing 
Tuesday, February 28,2017  7:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black History Month (2017), The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African American Studies, will host The Congress of African People, Black Power and the United Front by Dr. Michael Simanga of Georgia State University. From his latest book, Amiri Baraka and the Congress of African People: History and Memory, Dr. Simanga will provide personal reflections, historical narrative, and contemporary analysis of this consequential organization and the continued importance of Black Power and the concept of the Black United Front. His book and lecture will discuss the role of the poet Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement, the African Liberation Support Committee, the Gary Convention, the National Black Agenda, the Black Women's United Front, electoral politics and the new left. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 

Remembering: The Current Struggle of the Haitian People Worldwide  

Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. 

A community conversation on Haiti and the current struggle of the Haitian people worldwide.  Hosted by: State Senator Vincent Fort, Derek Bozeman, State Representative William K. Boddie and Mawuli Davis. Featured guest Josue Renaud of New England Human Rights Organization. Invited guest speakers: Dr. Akinyele Umoja Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce and Jovan Julien Project South.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 
2017 Ezra Jack Keats Atlanta Bookmaking Competition 
Keats, Imagination, DiversityAwards Presntation
Saturday, March 04, 2017 • 3:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and the Atlanta Public School System, will host the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Atlanta Bookmaking Competition Awards Presentations. This event will honor 3 winners from Atlanta Public Schools, whose winning entries will be on display in the Library and feature an artist talk by award-winning winning illustrator Frank Morrison who will discuss bookmaking and his latest illustrated children’s book Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born,the unforgettable childhood story of how one pivotal moment set Muhammad Ali on his path to becoming the Greatest of All Time. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Their mission is to bring the multicultural, creative spirit of Keats into children’s lives and literature. This program is free and open to the public. 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 

Cultural Bearers: Traditions of African Midwifery to Grand and Contemporary Midwives in America 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Birth in the Tradition will host Cultural Bearers: Traditions of African Midwifery to Grand and Contemporary Midwives in America. Panelist Sarahn Henderson, principle Midwife, Sekesa Berry, certified Doula and Ummsalamah Abdullah, RN Midwife will explore the richness of traditional pregnancy, birth and postpartum customs from Africa. This intergenerational community dialogue will examine the historical legacy of midwives and their contemporary relevance in the black community today. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 
 
Bitter Fruit: Theatrical Stage Reading

Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 3:00 p.m. 

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a theatrical stage reading of playwright Jacqueline Chester’s latest work Bitter Fruit. Inspired by true events Bitter Fruit explores the brutal legacy of state sanctioned violence against black bodies in the United States. Taking the focus away from victimhood Bitter Fruit’s compelling narrative is an intimate examination of communal trauma, generational memory and collective resistance to racial terrorism. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303       
 
 

Brazilian Music and its African Roots. Featuring Corina Brito and the Brazilian Soundscape Capoeira Martial Arts Demonstration by Cordao de Ouro.          

Sunday, March 19, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc., International Trends Facet, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, presents Brazilian Music and its African Roots. This event will include a lecture by Brazilian vocalist/violinist Corina Brito on  Afro-Brazilian art and culture, a musical performance by Brazilian Soundscape, and a Capoeira Martial Arts demonstration by Muriel Ribeiro of Cordao de Ouro.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303  

 

 

Voices of Muslim Women from the U. S. South

Wednesday, March 22. 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Public Lecture   

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of English, will host a screening of Voices of Muslim Women from the US South. Moroccan born filmmaker Dr. Maha Marouan, associate professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, explores Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students, who must navigate issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class on a daily basis. Dr. Maha Marouan will lead the film screening and accompanying lecture followed by a post screening question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

 

Atlanta Civil Rights Movement 1948 – 1968                        

Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Arcadia Publishing and Preserve Black Atlanta, will host author and historian Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, who will discuss her latest publication, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968. A well-researched pictorial history, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968 presents a stunning visual record of the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, and the courageous men and women who made it possible. Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is the founder and CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, Inc. and has served as a historian and consultant with the Herndon Home Museum, Georgia State University Honors College and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

 

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi

Film Screening

Saturday, April 22. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in recognition of Earth Day (2017), will host a screening of Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. This extraordinary film reveals the captivating story of a Delta community called Mileston, in which sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s; and as landowners, became instrumental leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Voices and Flows

Spoken Word Poetry Event

Saturday, April 29. 3:00 p.m.

In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Voices and Flows. This community event will feature original poetry and spoken word performances.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

 

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