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The Dayton Metro Library has teamed up with the Gem City Selfie Museum to deliver multiple unique and imaginative programs through the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
The Gem City Selfie Museum Black History Exhibit Reveal is the first event to kick off a series of Black History Month programs. This reveal introduces the Gem City Selfie Museum’s creative, informative, and interactive experience through the exploration of the interactions of color and mental wellness. The event will be held at the Main Library in the Opportunity Space @ St. Clair, Tuesday, February 1, from 6:30 – 8 pm.
“Everything we do is rooted in community and wellness,” Gem City Selfie Museum founder NaAsiaha Simon explains. “Our goal is to enlighten and lighten the emotional burdens of all patrons of all ages through selfies and self-discovery. Visitors can expect to see themselves and have their feelings represented in our art and throughout the creative space.”
The Gem City Selfie Museum partnered with Byron Smith of Smith & Son 937 and Taliaferro Sebastian of Art has No Rules! to create themed selfie walls such as an R&B and Soul records wall. Library patrons will be able to experience the exhibit throughout February.
Additional Gem City Selfie Museum-sponsored programs include:
Guest speakers help kids, teens, and adults build self-esteem and reading confidence one book at a time.
(Features Ashlyn Edwards, Senior Class President of Stivers School of Arts, and Dana Graham of Scripted in Black)
(Features Roe Wallace of Rosie’s Vending)
(Features Mariah Johnson of Baldwin Café)
Selfie of an Entrepreneur
Thursday, February 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, February 17, 6:30-8 pm
The State of Black Creativity Powered by Scripted in Black
Thursday, February 24, 6-8 pm
Souled Out – Celebrating Black Voices in Music and Poetry
Monday, February 28, 6-8 pm
These programs will be held at Main Library’s Opportunity Space @St. Clair. Patrons over the age of two are required to wear a mask while attending indoor, in-person, Library-sponsored programs. Masks will be available for patron use.
Due to the changing nature of COVID-19 and its variants, some Black History Month events and programs may require advanced registration. To see a full list of these exciting initiatives, and to register if required, please visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/BlackCulture or call the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.