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Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration

Featured Programs & Events

January 16, 2017

Celebrate with us as we mark the historic contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Civil Rights Movement with programs throughout the day:

Seeds of Change

10:00 am - until supplies last, in the Art Studio
Write or draw about something someone did that made you mad or sad. Then rip up the paper and mix it in a seed and dirt mixture to make seed balls.  Plant them and watch them grow, showing how something beautiful can grow from forgiveness.

King for a Day

11:00 am - 3:00 pm, in the Lobby
Read the speeches of Dr. King at the microphone in the "King for a Day" program hosted by The Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show. All ages are invited to take the podium at this annual event.

Stained Glass Light Catchers

11:00 am - 2:00, in the Cafe
Make a stained glass light catcher highlighting the words of Dr. King.

On Freedom Corner

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm,  in the Art Studio
Freedom Corner, the historic corner of the Centre and Crawford avenues, is a symbol of the home of the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh. Use images from both the Pittsburgh and national movements and your own ideas that you would fight for to create a zine with guest artists, MAGIC ORGANS. A zine is a magazine commonly self-published and reproduced via photocopier.

Magic Organs is a multimedia art duo founded in 2011 through the practice of D.S. Kinsel and Julie Mallis. The medium of this practice is based on their relationship as expressed through zines, painting, social media, curating, shared studio practice, artist mentorship, youth workshops, university lectures, professional development, community organizing and happenings events.

The Magic Organs collaboration began with the hand pressing of their first zine: Magic Organs Mystic Beings, which was sold at 720 Records and is archived in the Carnegie Zine Library. After completing a series of four issues, they expanded to produce collaborative paintings, video collages, performances and installations. Their studio practice is located at BOOM Concepts, a creative hub and think-tank based in Garfield with satellite locations in Allentown and Oakland. 

Streaming Justice

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Saturday Light Brigade Radio Studio
SLB Radio Productions presents a live 5-hour webcast exploring civil rights accomplishments, challenges, and dreams for the future. Hosted by area teens from throughout the region, Streaming Justice will originate from the SLB Radio studios in the Children's Museum and feature music, conversation, listener phone calls and more, all of which will air live at or via the TuneIn app or the Simple Radio app. For additional information, contact Jon Bindley at

The Museum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is sponsored in part by PA Virtual Charter School and Whole Foods Market.