Join Lecture on ‘Race, Activism, Poetry’ at San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Dr. Kellie Kirksey. Contributed.

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Join the San Juan Islands Museum of Art while nationally known educator, author and counselor Dr. Kellie Kirksey shares her stories and poetry.

With passion and dedication, Kirksey advocates for peace, wellness, and equality. This is a shared event with the support of the health and social justice community.

The interactive presentation entitled “Race, Activism and Poetry: ‘Dancing’ with the Rhythm of Words and Sounds to survive the Generational Wound of Racism” takes place 5:30-7 p.m., Saturday, July 17 at the San Juan Island Grange. Listen to poetry born of both despair and hope.

Allow yourself to journey within as the author shares her lived experiences as well as stories of her ancestors. Practice being a witness to words that may stir your soul and expand your world.

Tickets are $10 and are available at under “Learn,” at the museum desk 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Monday 11-5 at 154 Spring St. Friday Harbor, or at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

At a separate event on Sunday, July 18, Dr. Kirksey will conduct a special workshop at 555 McDonald in Friday Harbor, sponsored by the social justice and health care community. The workshop is entitled “Anti-Racism is a Verb: Journaling as a Self-Awareness practice on the endless road to Allyship.”

Spend an afternoon with the author journaling, stretching, and shaking out some of those tightly held beliefs that may or may not keep us separate and silent. Challenge yourself to journey into your unspoken feelings around privilege, reparations, and inequality.

Tickets are available on PayPal or Venmo at Shahn McGuire. For more information on this event, text 360-440-6189 or email Tickets are $50, and you can pay at the door.

Currently, at SJIMA, Carol Beckwith’s and Angela Fisher’s dazzling exhibition, African Twilight, is on display until Sept. 13. The adventurers and photographers capture the disappearing culture of Africa before it is too late. Also exhibited is PINK PEW by Billy Mark. His conceptual art piece intends to provoke contemplation of racism in America.

Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday and entry is $10, with members and those 18 and under admitted free of charge. Mondays are pay-as-you-can days. The museum is located at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, Washington. Visit and for more information. 

Posted on July 10, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Categories: Arts, Education

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