» ALL WEEK: National Volunteer Week
» TUESDAY: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
» WEDNESDAY: Voices of the Civil War Episode 3
» WEDNESDAY: ASALH Monthly Meeting
» SUNDAY: Hustle for History ($)
» Current Exhibitions
» You May Have Missed...
» Become a Member Today!

2012 FFA

National Volunteer Week
Saturday 4/14 - Sunday 4/22
The Wright Museum would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, so aptly named The Wright Angels, for all they do - including answering phones, greeting guests, giving tours,  facilitating programs and events, and so many other tasks that are essential to the work the Museum does on a daily basis.  Truly, we could not do it without them.  Thank You!!!

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday 4/17 @ 7:30 pm in the MPR
Take back control of your fitness with a weekly Zumba workout with Kandice Thomas of Step in Time Dance Co. at 7:30 PM.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE!  For more information please call (313) 494-5817 or email 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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Voices of the Civil War Episode 3: Contraband
Wednesday 4/18 online at TheWright.org/voices
The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial.  Each month, new episodes will cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans. In Episode 3, "Contraband," we look at the flight of African Americans to northern lines to find freedom and fight with the Union Army. Three enslaved blacks, Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory, and James Townsend, flee to Union lines where General Benjamin Butler coins the term, “Contraband of war,” and begins a new policy known as the Confiscation Act.  View this and previous episodes at www.TheWright.org/Voices.

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 4/18 @ 6 pm in the Classrooms
If you are interested in and passionate about Black history, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Detroit branch is the group for you!  The ASALH collects materials on Black history and promotes the results to the public through events and organizational activities; members represent a broad spectrum of academic preparations, career experiences, and interests.  If you are interested in learning more about ASALH Detroit please contact Ms. Kathie House, Coordinator for the organizing ASALH Detroit Branch at (313) 861-3614 or via email at kshouse@oaklandcc.edu, or Mr. Tyrone Davenport, Chief Operating Officer at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, at (313) 494-5884 or tdavenport@chwmuseum.org.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Hustle for History ($)
Sunday 4/22 @ 5 pm in the Ford Freedom Rotunda
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left FeetFree for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.

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Current Exhibitions

Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, Social and Political in African American Art
Through June 3
Organized and sponsored by Bank of America, Mixing Metaphors is an exhibition composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works by 36 artists including Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden.  The exhibition draws its inspiration from the different artists’ visions and their use of technique to convey compelling stories.  Body politics, race, class and gender are a few of the topics that surface in these works of art, which depict moments from the extraordinary to the mundane.  Some of the artists in this exhibition base their work on stories about family life or ideas about music and love; others document experiences that transformed the twentieth century and inspired the next generation.  Indeed, Mixing Metaphors will be a thought-provoking experience.  Click here to learn more...

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012.  Fela's undying passion for African peoples, understanding of the power of art and politics, and unyielding struggle against the colonial forces in Nigeria during the 1950s and 1960s, solidified his legacy as a shimmering agent of change against the status quo.  He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change.  Always pushing the envelope, Fela infused traditional African highlife music with classical jazz and funk, which evolved into a unique sound that he called, “Afrobeat.”  The powerful music and social commentary found throughout his vast catalogue of recordings is indicative of his desire to help end oppression among African peoples everywhere.  Click here to learn more...

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through September 2012
Chris Webber, Detroit native, National Basketball Association All-Star player (retired) and NBA announcer, collects rare artifacts that illuminate the lives and legacies of African American greats such as Phillis Wheatley, the first African American author; Rosa Parks , mother of the modern civil rights movement; civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.  Viewers get a glimpse of their heritage and learn about a different facet of Chris Webber, basketball player, philanthropist, and collector of African American history.  Click here to learn more...

Great American Artists: Roots, Branches, and Seeds - Part I
Through April 29
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series. During the past several years, each artist has collaborated to complete a portrait of a group member and to document each other’s studio processes, techniques and themes. This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  In declaring themselves Great American Artists, they have set the bar high. The first installation features the art of Richard Lewis, Sabrina Nelson, and Gregory Johnson, and will be on exhibit January 12 - April 29, 2012.  Click here to learn more...

You May Have Missed...

"Experiencing The Wright Museum's Ford Freedom Rotunda" by Leah Johnson 

HUMANITIES, March/April 2012, "Reading the Sweet Trial"

Black Women Rock! Concert Photo Gallery

Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• Free admission to the museum
• Free guest pass(es)
• Invitations to Members' Only previews
• Free subscription to the quarterly membership newsletter, The Wright Times
• 10% discount in the museum store
• Special pricing on select museum events
• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
Closed Mondays
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

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