Join Montpelier Arts Center for our second annual Veterans Book Group! Montpelier Arts Center will offer a free, facilitated small-group reading and discussion dinner series for active service members and veterans of all eras. The Veterans Book Group was created to offer veterans an opportunity to connect with one another over the course of monthly discussions centered on their military experiences. Each Veterans Book Group has its own unique set of readings. The readings can be a mix of classics, fiction, memoirs, poetry, short stories, and essays, all of which relate in some way to military experiences or offer a veteran’s perspective. Veterans Book Group is coordinated statewide by Maryland Humanities and presented locally in partnership with Montpelier Arts Center. Dinner and all reading materials are provided; registration is required. Call Montpelier Arts Center (301-377-7800) for more information and to register.
Black History Month 2019 Programs
*All programs are free and open to everyone
- Thursday, February 7, 6 – 9pm
Go-Go and Games: A Night of Music and Black History TriviaJoin us for a night of friendly competition as participants are divided into teams and tested on their knowledge of Black History with a focus on the history of black migration and immigration in the United States. This evening will also feature live go-go performances, celebrating this local musical genre born from black musical forms that migrated to the DC region.
Saturday, February 9, 12 noon – 4pmFamily DayVisit the annual Black History Month exhibition and engage in a range of activities for all ages. Activities will include storytelling, guided tours of the exhibition, and a special art activity based on Jacob Lawrence’s historic Migration series.
Tuesdays, February 12 and 19, 2019, 7 pmBook and Film Discussion: MudboundJoin us for a two-part book discussion and a film viewing. We will discuss the book and movie Mudbound. The international bestseller, now a major motion picture from Netflix, Mudbound, is based on two Mississippi families — one black, one white — that confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming, and friendship in a divided World War II era. These discussions will be led by Dr. Karen Arnold, former poet-in-residence at Montpelier Arts Center and discussion moderator for multiple literature groups throughout the DMV area.
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 4 pmVoices From the Past: Sissieretta JonesSissieretta Jones was the first African American to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1892. This Black History program is dedicated to the legacy of little known Black musicians, featuring music by a Washington National Opera soprano and narration from a historical perspective.
Thursday, February 21, 6 – 9pmThe Other Immigrants: A Discussion of Black ImmigrationContemporary news coverage of immigration often focuses on the experiences of those coming from Central America. However, as shown in this year’s Black History Month exhibition, the experiences of people from the African diaspora are equally as important in telling the story of immigration to the United States. Join us for a panel discussion detailing the history and experiences of black immigrants in the Washington, D.C. region. Panelists will include a variety of local black leaders who immigrated to this area, including Karl Racine, Attorney General of the District of Columbia.
Saturday, February 23, 12 noon – 4pmLiving IN the American Dream: The Path to Home OwnershipBlack migration and immigration to Prince George’s County has often been fueled by the desire to purchase a home, a central element of the “American Dream.” However, affordable housing continues to decrease in the Washington, D.C. region, creating barriers for large numbers within the black community. Join us for a panel discussion and mini-housing fair where attendees can discuss the obstacles within the regional housing market. Experts in the local real estate market will also be available to discuss how to overcome these obstacles in order to embark on the path to home ownership.
Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.