Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service at Blakely Harbor Park and two Special Events Presented by BIMA

MLK 2024 BIMPRD Day of ServiceMake it a day on, not a day off and sign up today for the annual and wholly amazing MLK Day of Service at Blakely Harbor Park! 10am – 1pm Monday, January 15th.

Join Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District and their incredible partners, including Blakely Harbor Park’s neighbor IslandWoodSustainable Bainbridge, and the BI Parks and Trails Foundation, for the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.  Volunteers come together to make this day of service a “day on not a day off.”

Conservation projects for all ages are planned, including planting native wildflowers, mulching young plants, and removing invasive species like ivy, spurge laurel, and blackberry.  Parks staff and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to share knowledge about the park and its restoration and provide all the tools needed for the job.  Join them to work as long as you’re able and enjoy a hot drink to warm up!

Restoration at Blakely Harbor Park has involved thousands of volunteer hours, thousands of native plants, and years of dedicated hard work.  Once the site of the largest mill in the world Blakely Harbor is now a much beloved park, connecting to miles of trails and hosting beach access and a birding blind.  But restoration work is ongoing with young native plants to care for and plenty of invasive weeds yet to remove.

MLK 2024 - BIMA Seeding the Dream and The Colored MuseumMLK Celebration: Seeding the Dream Presented by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Join Kitsap ERACE, Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project and more at BIMA for this year’s-youth led and youth-developed Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. They will examine contemporary impacts of Dr. King’s legacy and its inspiration of a new generation of youth leaders, activists, and artists. Featuring poetry, dance, oratory presentations, music, singing, and community voices, this event captures the energy, excitement, and earnest exuberance of modern-day dreams of social justice. The event takes place on January 14, 2024 from 2:30pm – 5:00pm at the BIMA Auditorium.

The Tony-award-winning play with music The Colored Museum, a riveting theatrical work by American playwright and director George C. Wolfe that redefines our ideas of what it means to be Black in contemporary America, will be presented by Kitsap Black Student Union and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in partnership with the Central Kitsap Performing Arts Center.  The play will be performed on Friday, January 19th at 7pm and on Saturday, January 20th at 2pm and 7pm at Central Kitsap High School Performing Arts Center.

The Colored Museum explores the contemporary Black experience in the United States in a way that is relevant, thought provoking and engaging, deftly using satire and humor to address serious social justice issues of our day. The play stars a cast of talented high school age students from Kitsap County and is being directed by noted theater professional Lynne Hastings. Organized as a series of museum exhibitions or vignettes, The Colored Museum explores the MLK inspired theme of Social Justice through the Arts, creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue regarding otherwise uncomfortable topics.

Playwright George Costello Wolfe is a notable contemporary American theatrical talent, with numerous credits and accolades as a director of both film and theater. He won a Tony Award for directing Angels in America: Millenium Approaches (1993), and another for his direction of Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk (1996). He served as Artistic Director of the Public Theater from 1993 to 2004. The Colored Museum received overwhelming critical praise for its provocative subject matter and in-depth exploration of the African-American theatrical and cultural past.  The New York Times described Wolfe as “the kind of satirist, almost unheard of in today’s timid theater, who takes no prisoners,” and who “says the unthinkable, says it with uncompromising wit.” Whether you’re a theater lover or simply someone who appreciates art, social justice, or politics, “The Colored Museum” has something to offer.

Kitsap Black Student Union is guided by its mission to provide a safe space to celebrate culture, learn and preserve our rich history while empowering youth leadership through mentoring and community service. The vision of KBSU is to encourage local Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) youth to take pride in our heritage and city while amplifying their voices through social justice initiatives. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is a museum of contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound Region, open 7 days a week, free of admission. Its year-round programs include supporting arts and cultural projects that engage students and youth of greater Kitsap County. BIMA is proud to partner on this project as part of its community celebration of Black History Month. PG-13: This production includes material that may be inappropriate for children under 13.

For tickets to The Colored Museum at CK Performing Arts Center, please go to the website of Central Kitsap PAC: ckpac.org. Central Kitsap Performing Arts Center is located at 10140 Frontier Place NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

For information about The Colored Museum, please contact Jewel Shepherd-Sampson at (360) 990-3372

*Images and information provided by BIMPRD and BIMA

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