The first annual Las Cruces African American Read-In will be held in the classroom at Museum of Nature and Science at 1pm on Wednesday, February 8.
Envisioned by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989, the African American Read-In encourages schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting a read-in event. Readers of all ages are encouraged to bring a short literary selection by an African-American author or poet to the museum for a public reading.
During the Read-In, the Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book Black Art: A Cultural History by Richard J. Powell. This book explores the visual representations of black culture throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.
To jump start the discussion, the Museum of Art will show the documentary The Art of Romare Bearden at 2pm. This documentary traces Bearden’s entire career, including his paintings, collages, murals, and landscapes.
Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.
If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.