Explore the exhibit Telling a People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature, organized by the Miami University Art Museum through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Discover African-American children’s authors and illustrators, and their important role in relating African-American identity, history, and social justice.
The selection of approximately 130 works on display includes paintings, pastels, drawings and mixed media works. Featured are more than 30 artists, spanning nearly 50 years of creativity. The exhibition offers something for all viewers through the representation of familiar and lesser-known people and the contributions of African Americans to an American identity.
Telling A People’s Story addresses:
- The presentation of African-American identity and history in a creative, educational and respectful manner.
- The raising of greater awareness for the role African-American illustrators and authors play in the development and growth of the field of children’s literature.
- The topic of social justice throughout African-American history.
- The need for awareness to the challenges African-American children’s book authors and illustrators face in a field lacking sufficient representation of minorities.
- The importance of appreciating the culture and history of a people who are deeply rooted in the American story.
More information about the exhibit can be found here: https://blogs.miamioh.edu/tellingapeoplesstory/exhibition/