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Celebration of Harlem Renaissance Art At MLS Libraries in March

What was the Harlem Renaissance? 

It was a period in the 1920s and 1930s when art blossomed in the heart of Harlem, the predominantly African American neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan.  Music, art, theater, and literature created by black artists found its way into the mainstream and changed the way white America saw black art forever.

The Metropolitan Library System invites you to celebrate this unique period in American art history with three events in March at the Midwest City, the Downtown, and the Warr Acres libraries.  Learn about the craft of print making at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno (732-4828), on Friday, March 20 from 1-2pm; enjoy a hands-on art session at Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue (231-8650), on Saturday, March 28 from 1-2pm; and at the Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd ( 721-2616) on March 28 from 2-3pm, you can create your own work of art under the guidance of artist Suzanne Thomas.

“We are working with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow, “to present these exciting and vibrant programs.  Adults and teens will learn about the Harlem Renaissance, a period that isn’t as well remembered as it should be.

All MLS library programs are free of charge and open to the public.  Any supplies will be provided for free as well.

The Harlem Renaissance Art presentations are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.