Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day | Mountaintop Vision: Soaring to New Heights

January 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Map your vision for the future and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through art-making, performances, and tours for all ages. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Free admission all day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day is supported by an anonymous funder. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Activities + Performances

Yoga: Begin your day with an hour of calming yoga.  

Sing Along:
Enjoy a musical performance by teens from the community.  Then participate in a sing along led by musicians Orice Jenkins and Susan Mazer. Presented with Charter Oak Cultural Center. 

Vocalist Nekita Waller:
Watch Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller sing songs in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Museum Mandala:
Practice a moment of mindfulness and add to our community Mandala. Presented with The CT Center for Nonviolence.

Dance Along: 
View a unique dance performance by The Dance Collective’s Jillian Foley and Rosanna Karabetsos. Then join them for an interactive dance session!

Art Making: 10am-4pm

Vision Quilt: Join our community quilt display as you listen to Dr. King’s speeches. Create an image or write a message that presents your hopeful vision for the future.

 Winged Messages: Did you know birds can symbolize peace and freedom? Decorate a paper bird using a variety of colors, shapes and textures. Then add it to our museum mountain top display!

 Mixed Media Mountainscape: Use a collection of materials to create your own mountain landscape. Then write one positive action you can do to help improve your surroundings, community and the world.

Self(ie) Expressions: Explore the Amistad Center’s Picture, Words and Music exhibition and learn how impactful a photograph can be. Then strike a pose that showcases how you want the world to see you.


10:30-11am | ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults.

11am-Noon | Ask About Art
Talk to a docent about what you see.

11:30am-Noon | Eyes on Art Family Tour
Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages.

Day of Service

The Amistad Center is also partnering with the Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill to make this a day of service. Please bring new or gently used handbags and travel-size toiletries to donate to local women’s shelters. GHJJ will be collecting donations in the John H. Motley Study from 10 am-12pm. For more information, please email: