Harlem Renaissance Museum Announces Grand Opening
Event Will Include Art Exhibit, Jazz Music and Refreshments
The Harlem Renaissance Museum is pleased to announce it will hold its grand opening event on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7 pm. This newest addition to Madison's thriving museum community is located at 1444 East Washington Avenue.
The grand opening event will feature an art exhibit, called, "Harlem in the Heartland" and also include a lecture, jazz performance and reception. The evening will begin with a lecture on prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance, specifically those with direct ties to Madison such as the author Jean Toomer and the "dean" of the Harlem Renaissance, educator Alain Locke. There will also be a prose reading by Chicagoan J. W. Basilo, a national and world poetry slam finalist.
The Harlem Renaissance Museum in Madison, Wisconsin will be the first of its kind dedicated to one of America's most creative movements. The museum will showcase live and visual exhibits and serve as a performing arts venue, all designed to celebrate the rich music, art and culture of the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s. The museum will also feature educational programs that include outreach to schools, opportunities for independent study, and artists in residence.
"This place will make an immediate impact on the emotional and intellectual fabric that has come to define Madison," said museum board member Tom Farley.
The museum will draw upon both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation to provide a diverse public with a dynamic, innovative and welcoming center for learning through the performing and visual arts.
The museum has also started a Kickstarter campaign to bring this effort to life. The campaign can be found at the following link - http://kck.st/18LhPvn, or by going to kickstarter.com and search for Harlem in the Heartland.