Asmaa Walton, the creator of Black Art Library, will be giving a brief presentation, reading aloud from a selection of books by or about black artists, with time for Q&A with families at the end.

This special presentation is open to all ages.
Individuals and families can CLICK HERE to sign up!

Black Art LibraryBlack Art Library is a collection of books and other art history ephemera on Black visual art intended to be an educational resource to share within the Black community and beyond. Their mission is to introduce or expand the community’s knowledge of Black art from the past and the present through art books. This collection of publications, exhibition catalogues and theoretical texts about Black art and visual culture was founded by Walton in February of 2020, with the intention of becoming a public archive in a permanent space in Detroit. 

There will also be items from Black Art Library's exhibition catalog on display in the library, next to the circulation desk during the month of February. 

Asmaa Walton is a Detroit native, arts educator, and ardent developer of the Black Cultural Archive. Walton completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Michigan State University in 2017. Upon earning a Master of Arts in Art Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, in 2018, Walton joined Toledo Museum of Art as an Education and Engagement Intern. In the same year she was appointed the Museum’s first KeyBank Fellow in Diversity Leadership, a position where she identified opportunities for diversity and equity programming across museums and cultural institutions. In 2019, Walton was appointed Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at Saint Louis Art Museum. Walton has been developing/overseeing Black Art Library over the last four years. Follow on Instagram @blackartlibrary

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