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A dynamic series of planned and well-promoted activities surrounding Joyce Scott's exhibit welcomed participation from a diverse range of Baltimore area communities:
These festive, free-admission Thursday evenings featured tours, talks, performances, hands-on activities and more, related to the exhibition. Themes included Great Scott!, Dynamic Divas, Only in Baltimore! and Fifteen Minutes of Fame!
TEENS TALKING AT FREESTYLE
The BMA's Junior Docents led a series of informal discussions with high school students about the many challenging issues and themes presented in Scott's work. At each session, a professional working in a related field was on hand to provide greater context for the talk.
Acting Up and Out: Artistry in the Life of Joyce Scott
Curator George Ciscle introduced a lively discussion of Scott's work with authors of the exhibition catalog.
JOYCE J. SCOTT PERFORMS "Virtual Reality"
Art came off the walls and onto the stage when Scott debuted a new performance piece commissioned for the exhibition.
This gallery, developed in collaboration with Scott and MICA students, offered visitors the opportunity to further explore the challenging issues addressed in Scott's work and allowed them to bring their own voices to the experience of looking at art. Activities like storytelling and craft workshops provided a forum for discussing some of the sensitive themes Scott raises.
Scott served as artist-in-residence with Child First programs at two local elementary schools in at-risk neighborhoods, working with children and their families to create a permanent site-specific installation.
TEACHER OPEN HOUSE
BMA docents and MICA students were on hand to explain the ideas, techniques and influences behind Scott's provocative work. In an open conversation, Scott and curator Ciscle led discussions on "Joyce's Choices," a select group of works they believed offered meaningful learning opportunities for children.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY DAY
African traditions and African-American innovations in the arts were celebrated at this FREE event that featured tours, storytelling, music and a hands-on bead workshop.
GALLERY TALKS: From Body Image to Confronting Violence
In these weekly/bi-weekly talks, Curator Ciscle, BMA docents, MICA students, artists, social workers, choreographers and poets addressed a variety of topics that played off of this multi-faceted exhibition.
FAMILY TOUR: ARTFUL ADVENTURES
MICA students lead visitors on a journey through the BMA, complete with lively games to explore links between Scott's works and those in the permanent collection.
Individual seniors as well as groups from senior centers, retirement communities and other organizations were invited to enjoy special access to the exhibition, informal chats with the docents in the galleries and light refreshments Ü all on a day the Museum was closed.
HONOR THE GIRL SCOUTS: WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
Young participants learned how Scott exposes and deflates stereotypes about race and gender with humor, courage and dignity; then joined Girl Scout troops from across Maryland as they earned merit badges in art by making sculptures.