The streets of Harlem are the setting for the tale of a four-year-old boy named TJ in James Baldwin’s ”Little Man Little Man”. The community of Harlem is a point of departure for a daylong celebration of this monumental author and the only children’s book he ever produced. Join us for a colorful day of art-making activities, storytelling, poetry, and music for children ages 3-8.
Program Celebrating James Baldwin 11:00am – 1:00pm:
11:00am – 11:30am: The ABCs of James B.
11:40am – 12:10pm: Little Poems Little Poems
12:20pm – 12:50pm: The Stoop’s Story
Independent celebration activities from 10:00am – 11:00am + 1:00pm – 5:00pm:
-Art-making activity stations in the Living Room
-Access to the Studio Lab
-Access to the exhibitions
-Access to a series of children’s books in the nooks for independent reading exploring Harlem, Baldwin, and ideas correlating to “Little Man Little Man”
-A loop of Yoran Cazac’s illustrations for the book projected on the Museum’s main screen
-A continuous playlist of jazz fusion and funk specific to the time that the book was produced
Our monthly reading series featuring Monica Wendel, Devin Kelly, & George Kovalenko!
Monica Wendel is an assistant professor of composition and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She is the author of English Kills (Mayapple Press, 2018) and No Apocalypse (Georgetown Review Press, 2013). A former writer-in-residence at Fire Island National Seashore and the Jack Kerouac Project. her work has appeared in Rattle, Bellevue Literary Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. She lives in Manhattan.
Devin Kelly is the author of In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (CCM), and the winner of a Best of the Net Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Guardian, Poetry, DIAGRAM, LitHub, and more. He is the Interviews Editor for Full Stop and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He lives and teaches in New York City.
George Kovalenko is a poet whose work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review Online, Ninth Letter, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from New York University and the Saltonstall Foundation. A founding editor of Poet’s Country, he lives and teaches in New York City.