This summer teenagers explored ways to put their thoughts into words and discover their unique voices. As participants in the Teen Writing Workshops, they had the opportunity to discuss social justice, identity, race, politics, and pop culture as they examined art, engaged in art analysis, and practiced their writing skills through monologue and descriptive writing, haiku, and dream journaling. Herewith, selected writings from the summer 2021 teen writing workshop.
Learn about Freedom and Liberation with Africa’s Freedom Fighters
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865—approximately two and one-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation—the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some locales a month marked with remembrances, celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection, rejoicing, assessment, self-improvement, and for planning the future. From rural communities to metropolitan cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are learning about and acknowledging a period in U.S. history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
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Silver Spring Civic Plaza
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, Md. 20910
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Join us for the 6th annual Teaching Africa Day as we focus on the West African marketplace through arts and crafts, story hour, games, and dancing. Teaching Africa Day is an interactive event geared specifically toward educating children and youth about Africa.
Presented in partnership with the Africa Memory Game and YehieEl Design
Free and open to the public
Sun of the Soil: The Story of Mansa Musa documents Malian artist Abdou Ouologuem’s immersion into the historical legend of the 14th-century emperor Mansa Musa. Following the museum’s August 2021 screening, writer/producer Ladan Osman, director Joe Penney, and museum educator Pier Penic discussed the film and its presentation, which was geared toward middle and high school students and provided a wonderful introduction to the story of Mansa Musa, the art of filmmaking, and how the power of film helps us understand the past.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa.