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Peninsula Fine Arts Center Free Community Day
Submitted by Courtney Gardner

PFACCD imageNewport News, VA – The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will host Community Day from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on January 26, 2019. Community Day offers a chance for visitors to enjoy a day at the museum at PFAC for free.

Community Day will allow visitors to experience PFAC's "African Art: Power and Identity and Cash Crop" exhibits. The African Art exhibition celebrates the creativity of African artists who have made utilitarian objects of great beauty. Made to fulfill a specific function, each object was also skillfully conceived to provoke visual and tactile delight. Collectively, these are objects that were meant to be both used and seen. African artists use a variety of materials – they carve wood and stone, cast metal, model clay, and work with beads and into a rich array of forms. Cash Crop by artist Stephen Hayes, a piece composed of 15 life-sized casts of the artist's friends and family. The 15 statues, each confined by shackles and bound to a wooden shipping pallet, represent the 15 million African people forcefully brought to the New World.

Families can explore the art of making Bògòlanfini or mud-cloth. Bògòlanfini comes from the Bambara language: bogo, meaning "earth" or "mud;" lan, meaning "with;" and fini, meaning "cloth." It is the name used for a cloth decorated by women in the Bamanaspeaking region of Mali, using dye made from mud and leaves to produce white designs outlines by a black/brown background.

Families can also complete scavenger hunts in the galleries. In addition, kids can make original prints using adrinka symbols.

African-American storytelling will take place by Dylan Pritchett at 11:30 am and 1 pm. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Mr. Pritchett has been a full-time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folktales to over a hundred schools annually throughout the country. He is inspired by cultural folktales that have a positive meaning and that bring different cultures together.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners' Museum Park in Newport News, Va. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays. Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under. Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families. For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or visit www.pfac-va.org.


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