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Conversations: Art= Music + Poetry

  • Benjamin Hooks Library 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN, 38111 United States (map)

Very important dates you will want to make note of at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library: February 1st, 8th, and 13th. February honors African American Art by youth from the Carpenter Art Garden who are collaborating in Conversation: Art+Music+Poetry with Found Objects American artist and art-educator, sculptor, painter, musician, Lonnie Holley. 

Holley is a self taught visual artist and musician from Birmingham, Alabama. Holley has devoted his life to the practice or improvisational creativity. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. The Youth of the Art Garden have been working with teaching artist Danny Broadway, Shelley Bolton, Camaron Spencer and Katie Stonecipher to create pieces inspired by Holley’s work and Black History Month. These projects range from drawing, painting, collage and written word. Their work will merge with Lonnie Holley’s art in the Benjamin Hooks Central Library February 1-28. 

This exhibit opens to the public on Thursday February 1st. Please join us at the opening reception for Conversations: Art+Music+Poetry Thursday, February 8 in the Library’s Goodwyn Gallery from 5:30-7:30. Lonnie will perform February 13, from 6pm-8pm during the monthly Front Porch Music & Cultural Series. February 14, he will facilitate an after-school workshop with youth at Carpenter Art Garden, and February 15 Lonnie will host two 90-minute workshops with each age groups at Lester Prep Middle and Cornerstone Prep. Both schools are located in the Binghampton neighborhood being served by Benjamin Hooks Central Library.