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

Posted July 10, 2021 at 5:30 am by

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. 

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