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MLK Celebration: Seeding The Dream
Past Event

Join Kitsap ERACE, Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project, Kitsap Black Student Union, COBI, Bainbridge Island Senior Center, Catalyst School, Bainbridge Island Multicultural Advisory Center, and more at BIMA for this year’s youth-led and youth-developed Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. We will examine the contemporary impact of Dr. King’s legacy and how he inspired a new generation of youth leaders, activists, and artists. Featuring poetry, dance, oratory presentations, music, singing, and community voices, this event captures the energy, excitement, and earnest exuberance of modern day dreams of social justice.

Social Justice Social: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Community Celebration: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Gallery Bay Window

2:30 – 2:35 pm Welcome Duwamish: Amari Clark
2:35 – 2:45 pm Brenda Fantroy-Johnson, Mayor- Proclamation- City Proclamation,
2:45 – 2:50 pm Ashley Mathews, City Council Representative
2:50 – 2:55 pm Candace Chapman
2:55 – 3:05 pm Kimberlee Williams, New Kitsap County (DEI)
3:05 – 3:10 pm Anshu Wahi, Bainbridge Island Equity and Inclusion Manager
3:10 – 3:15 pm Aiyanna Clark, Poetry
3:15 – 3:25 pm Jason Driver, New Director of Kitsap Regional Library
3:25 – 3:30 pm Danielle Rueb Family, Music

BIMA Auditorium

3:00 – 3:45 pm Yoruba Storytelling & Drumming with Javoen Byrd of Awodi Drumming
4:00 – 4:10 pm Silent Praise with Christina Lawrence
4:15 – 4:25 pm Jewel Shepherd & Kitsap Black Student Union,  The Colored Museum skit
4:30 – 5:00 pm Derick Polk, Bremerton Youth Jazz Ensemble

Sherry Grover Gallery

3:00 – 4:00 pm Necessary and Creative Lament: Deanna Vandiver
An invitation to practice the essential work of lament in a structured form that allows unmetabolized grief to get unstuck and move though us, making new movement possible again.

Orientation Gallery

12:00 – 5:00 pm Art Workshop: Kareem Dixon
Dula’s Neighborhood art is educational art or word art. It is art that sparks a mind to focus on a central concept/idea. In a group setting and safe environment, the art is used as a tool to engage participants in a thought provoking and reflective way.
Sharing from life experiences connected to the educational /word art concept presented. This practical technique opens the group up to honest healthy conversations. Which in turn leads to learning from one another, as well as, learning about each other. Dula’s Neighborhood is all about serving the community in an uplifting and positive manner. Dula’s Neighborhood believes that self-care activities and practices are key components to an overall healthy life, community and society. Our mission is to inspire self-love, mindfulness and expression. Our objectives are to promote mental health awareness and positive change through creative expression and community healing. Dula’s Neighborhood uses a combination of Art activities and Social and Emotional Learning techniques to transform how participants connect to their past and build a better future.

BIMA Classroom

12:30 – 4:00 pm Press Art Workshop with Jewel Shepherd
Drop in and learn how to how to operate the press machines and create art around the social justice theme.


Header Artwork: C. Bennett (Poulsbo), MLK Jr. (detail), 2020, mixed media, BIMA Permanent Art Collection, Gift of Cynthia Sears


Jan 14, 2024
2:30pm – 5:00pm


BIMA Auditorium


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