Homeschooled students and their parents are invited to join other school children at the free 17th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series.
The Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series hosts nationally recognized children’s book authors/illustrators of African descent to inspire and teach children ages 8-12 about their craft. The event allows children to interact with and learn from an artist who makes stories come alive. Each child will create a custom work of art, be entertained by a cultural presentation and enjoy a pizza lunch. As a bonus, each receives a signed copy of a book illustrated by the artist.
This year’s featured illustrator is Ekua Holmes, a painter, collage artist, and award-winning illustrator of Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets; and The Stuff of Stars. She is a recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, a 2016 Caldecott Medal Honor, the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and the 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Currently, Holmes serves as Assistant Director of MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Boston, Massachusetts, and manages its ArtMobile.
The Ashley Bryan Art Series is also intended to engage adults by inspiring and informing parents and educators interested in honoring diversity, exposing children to the arts and encouraging their creativity.