Black History Month 2011
Various Events

February 04, 2011 - Shears Technology Center -  11:30 A.M - Hutchinson Community College

The Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council is proud to sponsor in cooperation with the Hutchinson Art Center, the Hutchinson Chapter of the NAACP, the Emancipation Day Celebration Committee and Hutchinson Community College a series of events centering on the award winning photography of Hutchinson native Michael Bracey.

An exhibit of Mr. Bracey’s work will be on display at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, beginning February 4th and running through March 5th. Occupying the Center’s Main and Sitting Room Gallery four portfolios of work will be featured. Africans within the Americas is a ten year project documenting the lives of African descendants in twelve counties in the Western Hemisphere. Urban Waters, a photo essay twenty-three years in the making, splashes out from summer days when urban residents of privileged and underprivileged neighborhoods took it upon themselves to create relief from the heat. My Journey is a group of images that speak to the artist in a personal and unique manner. It’s All about the Hats is a tribute to Mr. Bracey’s mother who was known as the “Hat Lady” at her church, having over 120 hats in her collection.

The artist reception for Michael will take place at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, on Friday, February 4th, 5:00pm -7:00pm. The event is free and the public is invited to view Mr. Bracey’s work and meet the artist.

In addition to the artist reception Mr. Bracey will speak to students and faculty at Hutchinson Community College, Friday the 4th at 11:30am in the Shears Technology Center on the HCC Campus. On Sunday the 6th Michael will be back at the Art Center for “Conversation with Mike Bracey” where Darrell Pope, long time President of the Hutchinson NAACP, will conduct a dialogue with the artist about his life and professional experience. The audience will also be able to enter into the conversation. “Conversations” is part of the “Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center Series” sponsored by HRAH in partnership with the Hutchinson Art Center. The program begins at 2:00pm, it is Free and the Public is invited.

Bracey is Chicago based  the award winning photographer was born in Key West, Florida but was raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. He has received praise and recognition for his lectures and exhibits throughout the U.S. and abroad. Michael has been a contributor to numerous books and photography publications as well as creating four volumes on his own, Africans within the Americas, People -Places-Peru, The Black Christ Festival of Portobello (Panama), and Urban Waters (with Hutchinson native Marilee Southworth). Mr. Bracey will have books for sale at the Art Center.

About his art Bracey says “A photograph freezes its subject in time, making it seem as if photography were easy work and did not require hard work. The apparent ease of releasing the shutter is very deceptive. Commanding this instrument and learning to keep a sharp eye out to capture the right moment can take a lifetime of concentration.”

February 4th, Friday, 5:00-7:00pm, Hutchinson Art Center. There will be an artist reception for the opening of “Photographs by Michael Bracey.” Sponsored by HRAH, the Hutchinson Art Center, the Emancipation Day Celebration Committee, and the Hutchinson Chapter of the NAACP.

February 6th, Sunday, 2:00pm, Hutchinson Art Center, “A Conversation with Michael Bracey.” Mr. Bracey’s book will be available for purchase.

February 13th, Sunday, 2:00pm, Hutchinson Art Center, “Kansans in the Harlem Renaissance,” presented by Marty Keenan. Developed by the Kansas Humanities Council.

February 19th: “Tell us About It” Shears Technology Center, HCC Campus, 9:30am. Black History oratory and poster contest for students in grades 1 through 6.

February 20th, Sunday, 2:00pm, Hutchinson Art Center, Musician and Folklorist Lemuel Sheppard will present a program about “African American Music and Culture.”

February 27th, Sunday, 2:00pm, Hutchinson Art Center, Dr. John Edgar Tidwell will give a talk on “Frank Marshall and Barrack Obama.”

All of the programs are open to the public and unless noted free of charge.

Programs provided by:

Kansas Humanities Council
Hutchinson chapter of the NAACP
Emancipation Day Celebration Committee
Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council
Hutchinson Community College
For more information call Annette (HPL), 663-5441, #132; or Mark (HRAH),
662-1280, Hence (HCC) 620-665-3459

All programs are Free and open to the PUBLIC