Bruce Museum to Host Family Event for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, mixed media on paper, 1980. Paul Giovanopoulos (Greek-American 1939- ). Bruce Museum Collection

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Bruce Museum is hosting Winter Family Day on Monday, January 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Recommended for families with children under 10, this special school-holiday program will feature hands-on arts projects and live performances that help put in perspective Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and teachings.

Create artwork inspired by MLK’s values of compassion, love, courage, and forgiveness. Engage in thoughtful activities that get you thinking about your community. Enjoy live performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre Company at 11:00 am, “Heroes of the Underground,” and at 1:00 pm, “Let It Shine.”

Based in Asheville, NC, Bright Star specializes in literary, curriculum, and character-education based performances. “Heroes of the Underground” tells the fascinating story of the brave men and women who dared to escape slavery, and the people, like Harriett Tubman and Henry “Box” Brown, who helped along the way.

“Let It Shine” brings to life the leading figures of the Freedom Riders of the 1960s with inspiring songs of the American Civil Rights Movement. The plays are 45 minutes in length and include a Q&A. Seating for the performances is limited, so please arrive early to ensure a space for you and your children.

Families are encouraged to give back on MLK Day and will receive free admission to Winter Family Day by contributing to our community food and clothing drive with Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. Staples like oatmeal, canned fruit, and dried beans are most needed; household items are also welcome, in particular gloves, hats, mittens, and diapers.

The attached press release provides more details about the Winter Family Day and other upcoming Youth and Family programs at the Bruce. Also attached is a photo from last year’s MLK Day activities, a graphic from Bright Star Touring Theatre Company and an image of Martin Luther King Jr created by Paul Giovanopoulos, from the Bruce Museum Collection. The caption/credit info is as follows: