Founders Day 2012!
All activities are FREE!
FOUNDERS DAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
12:00PM – DOCENT LED TOURS OF THE MUSEUM
This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the exhibits and collections on display as our team of docents lead you on a captivating learning experience through the museum.
12:30PM – LIBATION CEREMONY
Join us in beginning the day’s events with a libation ceremony, honoring all of the founders of the DuSable Museum of African American History.
1:00PM – FILM – “CURATORS OF CULTURE”
Following the libation ceremony, we present “Curators of Culture,” a half hour documentary that chronicles the birth and life of the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). In the film, Dr. Margaret Burroughs, the primary founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, is highlighted for her instrumental role in establishing the SSCAC. The South Side Community Arts Center was (and still is) a haven for many of Chicago’s black artists and it was the precursor to The DuSable Museum.
This Emmy-award winning documentary was produced by the brilliant, award-winning producer, Rita Coburn Whack.
1:30PM – SPOKEN WORDS FOR DR. BURROUGHS
Runako Jahi and Ms. Masequa Myers (who Dr. Burroughs referred to as her favorite interpreter of her poetry) will be featured among a group of artists paying creative tributes to the museum’s founder.
2:00PM – CONGO SQUARE THEATRE COMPANY’S PRESENTATION
The celebrated Congo Square Theatre company presents staged readings and dramatizations of poetry written by the founders of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Dr. Margaret Burroughs and Charles Burroughs.
3:00 REFLECTIONS & BIRTHDAY CAKE!
“Dr. Margaret Burroughs is widely admired for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor. She was also admired for her generosity and commitment to underserved communities through her books, art workshops, and community centers that both inspired and educated young people about African-American culture. Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world.” – President Barak Obama
During this time of reflection, we offer an open mic to those who have been influenced by the art and activism of Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Whether you were impacted by her directly or by her legacy, we invite you to share your stories. Afterwards, we’ll sing “Happy Birthday” and have cake!
3:00PM ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS/TOURS OF THE DUSABLE MOBILE MUSEUM
“Art is communication. I wish my art to speak not only for my people – but for all humanity.” – Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Throughout her career, as a visual artist, Dr. Burroughs chose themes concerning family, community, and history. Be a part of this unique arts and crafts workshop where a team of DuSable High School art students and South Side Community Arts Center artists show families how to create prints that are inspired after the style of Dr. Margaret Burroughs.
Also from 3:00PM-5:00PM our “museum on wheels,” the DuSable Mobile Museum will be open for tours! The DuSable Mobile Museum offers an exciting experience that is both educational and entertaining. African American history is brought to life through an engaging exhibit and captivating story adventures! The DuSable Mobile Museum’s interactive exhibition explores the life and times of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, an African Haitian, who in 1779 became the first non-native person to establish permanent settlement in Eschikagou (“the place of smelly onions”), which we now call Chicago.