17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration

Guests at MLK DayMonday, January 21, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:45 pm

How have the events of 2018 shaped your life and the lives of your neighbors?  In 2019 what can you do to pursue a more just community?

This year’s event uses artistic exploration and expression to create an understanding of our own biases and build stronger communities who are accepting of everyone. Through discussion, creative activities, and a communal meal, we will explore how we can each create a legacy of justice in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Since 2001, Union Project has been using the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Join us and continue the work Dr. King started decades ago - creating communities that come together to celebrate diversity and acceptance. (Photo by Kate Hagerty)

3:00 - 4:30 pm Self-guided art activities that allow us to explore open dialogue and understanding. 
Each activity is a drop-in format, allowing participants to dive-in and create at their own pace:
  • Put Your Heart On Paper: Write a Love Letter to yourself 
    Make a commitment and challenge yourself to live a more just life. 
    Location: Great Hall
  • Say It Loud: The Clothesline Project 
    Using prompts, practice having difficult conversations that explore our fears, vulnerabilities, and biases.
    Location: Great Hall 
  • Clay Activity
    Children and adults alike can visit the studio to work in clay.
    Location: Studio
3:00 - 7:00 pm Clay Nation: Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration
An exhibit curated by Christine Bethea featuring the ceramic artists from Union Project's Collaborative Studio.
4:00 - 5:00 pm Storytelling Teach-in Part I
Pittsburgh Playback Theatre invites you to bring your stories of dreaming and doing to an interactive theater performance. Together, we will explore our successes, failures, and ongoing challenges to "building the beloved community" in our families, neighborhoods, city, and nation.
5:00 pm

Celebrate and break bread together!

  • Community Sing with Jacquea Mae
  • Welcoming remarks from Jeffrey Dorsey
  • Blessing by community members Miguel Sague, Reverend Nathaniel Carter, Rabbi Art Donsky, and Malcolm Minnekhekh Thomas
  • Shared community meal catered by Casa Brasil Pop Up Restaurant
6:45 - 7:45 pm Storytelling Teach-in Part II
During this interactive workshop, we will engage in a number of activities designed to access our own expressive tools, practice empathetic listening, and strengthen our collaborative muscle.

Come listen, share, and create with an open mind and a peace-filled heart.

Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. There will be ASL interpreters on site. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door. Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at 412-363-4550 or michelle@unionproject.org if you have specific accommodations or needs.

The 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is supported by our sponsors at Jendoco Construction Corporation, Bridgeway Capital, and Enscoe Long Insurance. Union Project is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Thank you!