MLK Week of Events


Week of Events
January 14 – January 23

  • ·         Saturday: January 14th – Opening Ceremony – Come to the Portfolio any time from 5pm-8pm to try traditional African American Food.  At 7pm in the library there will be a special performance by the Mixed Magic Exult Choir

  • ·         Monday: January 16th – RISD’s MLK Day of Service – This event will be at Martin Luther King Elementary School.  We will be setting up demonstrations and hands on arts & crafts activities for the children to experience.  RISD is closed so volunteer your time! (10am – 3pm)

  • ·         Monday: January 16th – MLK Brunch – Celebration takes place in the Met. (10am – 2pm)

  • ·         Tuesday: January 17th - Staff Diversity Survey Findings – The Diversity Steering Committee will share findings from the 2011 survey and highlight recommendations coming out of the Diversity Taskforce’s report to the President.  There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A following the presentation. The event will be located in the Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center.  (1pm – 2:30pm)

  • ·         Tuesday: January 17th – “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee – A screening of the documentary will take place in the Tap Room with a discussion immediately following with Professor Larry Carney and Professor Gloria Jean Masciarotte. (8pm – 11pm)

  • ·         Thursday: January 19th – Dinner Discussion: “Queer Identity in Art” - The discussion will be led by RISD Alumnus Ian Cozzens in The Ewing Multicultural Center. (7pm – 8pm) 

  • ·         Friday: January 20th – Nature Based Dyeing - Come to The Ewing Multicultural Center and learn how to dye fabrics with natural, environmentally-friendly, everyday household items. This free workshop will be lead by two juniors in the Textiles Department. (Time TBA)

  • ·         Saturday: January 21st – RI Black Story Tellers FUNDA Fest - “Funda” means “to teach and to learn” in Zulu and Swahili. Come to the auditorium and celebrate the diversity of the black experience through storytelling.  There will be a marketplace with clothing, jewelry, & gifts. Free entry with RISD ID.(Marketplace 7pm/Storytelling 8pm)

  • ·         Sunday: January 22nd – Dinner Discussion: “Faith, Art, and Social Progress” - Are religions still active and positive roles in the fight for civil rights, or are they becoming the groups to fight against? And how may our role as designers and artist affect the future of religion and its role in the world? Come to The Ewing Multicultural Center to discuss these topics. (6:30pm – 7:30pm)

  • ·         Monday: January 23rd – Keynote address from Angela Davis – This very special event will take place in the RISD Auditorium.  Tickets will go fast!(7pm-8:30pm)
  • ·         Monday: January 23rd – Closing reception- Come to the lobby of the Chace Center to celebrate and reflect on RISD’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week.(9pm – 10pm)

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