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Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of African and African American Art Presents “Through African Eyes: A Night at the Museum” Youth groups treated to special exhibition viewing, performances

Friday, July 23, 2010

 July 23, 2010 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) is sponsoring “Through African Eyes: A Night at the Museum” for 150 Detroit and outstate youth on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will provide an educational and cultural experience that includes an African dance and drumming performance, storytelling, a viewing of the exhibition Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present, and an opportunity to meet and ask questions with the exhibition curator, Dr. Nii Quarcoopome, who is also curator of African art at the DIA.

The Friends of African and African American Art is a major sponsor of the Through African Eyes exhibition, which illustrates how African artists visually expressed the dynamic interactions between African cultures and Europeans and Westerners over 500 years.

“We are proud to present this special youth programming initiative,” said FAAAA Chairperson Roxane Whitter Thomas. “Events such as this provide the Friends of African and African American Art the chance to engage with schools and other organizations and to further our mission of educating and enhancing the importance of African and African American art and culture to all people.”

“Through African Eyes: A Night at the Museum” includes an African dance and drumming performance by Heritage Works, a Detroit-based cultural arts organization; “Tales from Africa” with Catherine Blackwell and Nana Banana’s Happy Kids; an exhibition tour; and a “meet the curator” session with Quarcoopome.

Participating organizations include:
* College for Creative Studies Summer Arts Camp (Detroit)
* 2010 Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Institute, Camp Baber (Cassopolis, MI)
* Wonderland Child Care Center (Detroit)
* Detroit Recreation Department (various groups)
* Center for Literacy and Creativity (Detroit)
* Don Bosco Hall (Detroit)
* Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit 
* Detroit Area Agency on Aging: Bridging Generations (Detroit)
Leslie Williams, FAAAA board member, is the chairperson of the event. The planning committee includes fellow board members RosEurek Webb Fagin, Gail Smith, Shawneen Murray, and Roxane Whitter Thomas.      
 
The event is private, and NOT open to the public, but media are welcome to cover the event.

Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the Friends of African and African American Art, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Friends of African and African American Art
Since 1963 the Friends of African and African American Art have continued to promote the appreciation and understanding of the rich culture and artistic legacies of Africa, African Americans and the African Diaspora. In the 1990’s the FAAA expanded its focus to include African American art and Haitian art in the collection.

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Contact: Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899 pmarcil@dia.org