Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day
Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Dr. King said that “hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Join us to express love, celebrate community, and practice empathy for others through art-making, performances, tours, and more. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Free admission!




Empathy & Movement Workshop | 11am & 1pm
Participate in a movement workshop with the CT Center for Nonviolence and discover new ways to practice empathy in your own world (3o min).

Listening to Our Hearts | 11:30am
The Judy Dworin Performance Project presents live spoken word, dance and song, a tribute to strength, resilience, and possibility (30 min).

Hartt School Community Division | 12pm
Enjoy a live music performance by students of the Hartt School’s Community Division (30 min).

Dialogue: “The Other America” | 2pm
Participate in a collaborative reading of Dr. King’s 1967 speech “The Other America.” Then, join The Discover Center for a facilitated discussion about how the speech connects with our lives on the present day.

Dialogue: “I Have a Dream” | 3pm
Watch a recording of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then join The Discover Center for a discussion.

Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum & Dance Corp | 3pm
Move to the sounds of HPDDD and watch a unique dance and music performance outdoors (15 min). Then warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate or tea!


Ask About Art | 50th Anniversary
Did you know that the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum has been introducing visitors to the museum for 50 years? To celebrate, find a docent next to one of 50 artworks in the galleries and Ask About Art!

Building the Beloved Community
Learn about art and urban spaces with the CT Center for Nonviolence, then design a building, home, or artwork to add to a collaborative cityscape display.

Share Your Warmth with the World
Decorate a coffee sleeve with a message of love and hope to share with a stranger. The sleeves will be handed out along with free hot chocolate and tea at 3pm on the Main Street Lawn.

Dr. King in Words
Create a unique collage with images and words of Dr. King and build a narrative of his life and legacy.

Artistic Inventions
How can you use art to change the world? Pick a problem you’d like to solve in your community, then use a mix of different materials to invent a solution.

Portrait of a Shoe
What would it be like to walk in your shoes? Write and illustrate a story about where your shoes take you.


Sponsored by United Health.

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