Our Voice: Virtual Story Telling with Dads on Deck and Muskegon Museum of Art


Muskegon, MI — The Muskegon Museum of Art  partnered with Dads on Deck, Great Start Muskegon, and Read Early, Read Often to produce three free virtual story times that premiere this month.  The story telling sessions feature Muskegon Dads on Deck members reading children’s books illustrated with artwork featured in the MMA’s exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

The story telling videos will appear for the first time on the museum’s website and YouTube channel on the following days, but will continue to be available on the Muskegon Museum of Art YouTube channel after they premiere.

Thursday, April 15, 5:00 pm
Beautiful Blackbird with Andre Pierce
Dads on Deck member Andre Pierce reads Beautiful Blackbird, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

Thursday, April 22, 5:00 pm
Josephine with Norman Young
Part 1
Part 2
Dads on Deck member Norman Young reads Josephine, written by Patricia Hruby and illustrated by Christian Robinson. 

Video production is by Stories by CL.

Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards runs through May 23, 2021 at the Muskegon Museum of Art.The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and teens that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice, organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and ALA, features original artworks by past award winners Jerry Pinkney, Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, Leo and Diane Dillon, Kadir Nelson, and many others. Our Voice celebrates this important award and explores the ways in which artists can educate and elevate, offering new perspectives and opening our eyes to the world and the experiences of our neighbors, inviting greater understanding and unity. The MMA presentation of Our Voice is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media support is provided by Blue Lake Public Radio.

Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The museum is open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed Mondays. Health and safety measures include limited occupancy in galleries and other public spaces, enhanced cleaning, and mask wearing is required for guests and staff.

Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for museum updates, visitor information, and exhibition information.