Necessary New Exhibition Highlights the Activism of Black Female Artists #JACBA Newsletter 12May2017

This Necessary New Exhibition Highlights the Activism of Black Female Artists

Q: Faith Ringgold is a cornerstone of the exhibition-several of her works appear, including ‘For the Women’s House.’ Can you talk about her role in and impact on black feminism?

A: Beyond her incredible work and long career, one of the reasons for her strong presence in We Wanted a Revolution is her simultaneous commitment to art, feminism, and social justice. Ringgold is one of the few artists included in the exhibition who aligned herself with the mainstream feminist movement, though she, like other black women, often found it lacking, and identified more pointedly as a black feminist.

For the Women’s House incorporates suggestions offered to Ringgold by the incarcerated women. It imagines a series of positive female role models of all races and economic backgrounds, including the first female president, professional women basketball players, and women working as doctors, engineers, and bus drivers, among other vocations not always open to women at the time-and still.

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Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee


Bicentennial commencement features music, history, awards

During the ceremony, the university honored 10 alumni with Bicentennial Alumni Awards. The Spring Commencement recipients included:

Christopher Paul Curtis (Bachelor of Arts, ’00, general studies, UM-Flint), author of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” recipient of the Newberry Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor.

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis 2008 Awardee

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 1996 Awardee


Drawing History: Kansas City illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley inspires with children’s books.

“I was always surrounded by beautiful children’s books when I was a child, and [I] never really outgrew them,” Baddeley says. “I like to be inspired by the world around me because there are interesting stories everywhere, especially in the things we tend to think of as mundane.”

For the next chapter in book illustration, Baddeley continues her trend of American history-themed tales. Slated for this summer is The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation), which chronicles the way founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams settled their differences. On the drawing board is An Inconvenient Alphabet, the story of Ben Franklin and Noah Webster’s friendship and their mission to change the English alphabet. And after that, the award-winning illustrator will bring to life the story of Revolutionary War spy Anna Strong.

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, written by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, 2017 Awardee


Award-winning Author, Deborah Hopkinson, Celebrates Book Launch with Teacher Appreciation Contest

Hopkinson is hosting a social media giveaway around A Letter to My Teacher, to encourage people to share stories, thank you letters, and photos of favorite teachers. To participate, use the hashtag #DearTeacherContest by May 1. On May 2, Teacher Appreciation Day, she will announce ten winners, who will receive autographed copies of the book for themselves or a teacher. She will also be on a blog tour April 25 – May 12, 2017. Blog tours allow authors/illustrators, students, educators and book lovers to connect “virtually” through interviews on websites, podcasts, blog sites and on-line radio shows.

“Picture books aren’t just for preschoolers! Readers of any age can learn about history and appreciate a good story,” said Hopkinson. “So take time this year to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life.”

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Steamboat School, written by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband, 2017 Awardee

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Terry Wideners, 2004 Awardee

Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Raúl Colón, 2000 Awardee


David Kherdian releases new memoir, ‘Starting from San Francisco: A Life In Writing’

A sense of separation pervaded his origins. As a first-generation Armenian American, he was subject to racial discrimination, and his mother had lost all of her family in the Armenian Genocide.

Kherdian considers himself a mystic poet, and said he has written in every genre. His 1979 book, “The Road from Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope,” won the Newbery Medal. It describes his mother’s experience as a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.

According to Kherdian, “The Road From Home,” was published in Armenia a couple years ago, and the sequel, “Finding Home,” is currently in production. He said a radio station in Armenia wants to interview him on the air, and he anticipates a bilingual edition of “Starting from San Francisco.” He’s also working on an Armenian epic from the 9th century.

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The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian 1980 Awardee


Tanya Lee Stone at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Brattleboro Literary Festival October 12, 2017 – October 15, 2017

Girl Rising
Changing the World One Girl at a Time
Tanya Lee Stone

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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone 2010 Awardee


Help sought for damaged A-bomb artworks

“The Hiroshima Panels,” a series of folding screens depicting the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and other scenes, have been suffering from increasingly severe insect damage in recent years, so the gallery housing them hopes to raise ¥500 million to build an annex on the grounds that can prevent further damage.

The Hiroshima Panels are the work of Iri Maruki (1901-95), a sumi ink painter, and his wife Toshi (1912-2000), an oil painter. They spent about a month in Hiroshima after the atomic bombing making sketches, speaking to people and gathering other information, which they then based their work on. They used techniques such as adding sumi ink to oil paint in creating the panels, which took them 32 years to complete.

“’The Hiroshima Panels’ are a historically important work – one of the largest postwar paintings to depict the damage caused by war. It could someday be designated a national important cultural property or given World Heritage status. If it isn’t carefully preserved, we will never get it back,” warned Tsutomu Mizusawa, director of the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

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Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee


Meet 2017 Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Javaka Steptoe: Community Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Warrensville Heights Branch will host
Javaka Steptoe – author and illustrator of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award – on Wednesday, May 10th at 7PM. This beautifully illustrated and heartfelt picture book biography of the 1980s cultural phenom topped countless Best Books of the Year lists including Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and was also nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, with collage art of Javaka Steptoe 2005 Awardee


Children’s Book Award Winners Announced at Maine Reading Conference

Four titles received recognition through the 2017 Lupine Award honoring living authors or illustrators who are residents of Maine or who have created a work prominently featuring Maine. The award was first given in 1989 and is sponsored by the Youth Services Section of the Maine Library Association.

Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet received an award in the Lupine Award juvenile category.

Maine author Melissa Sweet received the 2017 Katahdin Award from the Maine Library Association. Established in 1999, the award recognizes lifetime achievement and an outstanding body of work of children’s literature in Maine.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges
books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the
Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace,
justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books
also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.

A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.

Read more about the 2017 Awards.

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