The Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrates Black History Month with a Series of Virtual Programming

Throughout the month of February, The Met will celebrate Black History Month with virtual programs for all ages. Beginning Thursday, February 11, The Met invites children, teens, and adults to participate in artmaking activities, workshops, and programs that reflect the work of Black artists and elevate Black narratives in art.  
 
Schedule of Virtual Programming:
 
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: The Observant Eye Online
Participate in a live discussion and close looking session focusing on the painting, Let My People Go by Aaron Douglas, a leading visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance. No previous knowledge of art is necessary. Adult learners from all backgrounds and fields of study are welcome; registration is required.
 
Wednesday, February 17, 1 p.m.: Virtual School Break Program– Kente Creations
During school break, kids and their families are invited to create works of art and learn about the West African kente cloth. The Met’s own Kente Prestige Cloth serves as inspiration for an artmaking activity.  Recommended for families with children ages 3 through 11. Please note: This program is prerecorded. 
 
Thursday, February 18, 12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m.: Storytime with The Met
Storytime with The Met, a read-aloud program for children and families, will feature the story Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Please note: This program is prerecorded.
 
Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.: Saturday Sketching
Teens will find inspiration in the print Stud Poker by Charles Henry Alston during an Instagram Live drawing workshop. Participants receive live drawing instruction from a Met teaching artist and experiment with different drawing approaches. Tag us at @metteens to be featured on the Met Teens Instagram account.
 
Celebrating Black Art and Identities
Audiences of all ages can learn about how African American culture has shaped art history with The Met’s new YouTube playlist Celebrating Black Identities. It features interviews, conversations, performances, and more, that celebrate Black art, identities, and voices in conversation with The Met Collection.
 
Additional activations will take place on The Met’s Instagram, @metmuseum, with an Artist Spotlight: Disabled Artists Respond to The Met featuring dancer Jerron Herman and weekly Instagram live conversations between teens and Black Met staff @metteens.

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